Outdoor Warning Sirens

It has been a while since I updated the information for the outdoor warning sirens in Frisco.  I received a question from a resident and our assistant fire chief, Paul Siebert, sent this response:

…. You are correct in your assessment of the outdoor warning sirens, they are not designed or located to provide warning inside a home. Home construction today limits the amount of exterior noise that is allowed to penetrate the home, therefore to adequately cover the city with sirens to reach the needed decibel level would be cost prohibitive. As a result, we rely on several methods of notification and awareness for our residents (and ourselves) during times of severe weather or emergency.

The first and most important aspect of citizen emergency preparedness is awareness. Watching or listening to forecasts, the environment and other key indicators is critical to understand the potential for severe weather. Second, have a means of notification within the home. The National Weather Service maintains a notification system that activates weather radios during emergencies. This inexpensive radio can be purchased and setup in the home to alert when activated, and otherwise remain silent so as not to be an annoyance. This provides the necessary notification to address your concern of sleeping through any other notifications. Another service that has come about recently is the use of notifications from local TV/radio stations through “apps” for your phone. I believe almost every local TV station now offers this service. Third is preparation. Having a family plan in place so that knows the means of communication, meeting places and other vital information to help your family through a crisis.

You also asked about the use of the reverse 911 system during severe weather, which we have also considered. It has been our experience, through actual events and discussions with a variety of vendors, that a reverse 911 system is not adequate to provide the necessary notification to every citizen in a short term event such as severe weather. The time it takes to make 60,000+ automated calls does not allow for the relatively short identification time currently provided by the National Weather Service. The Weather Service continually strives to provide as much advance notification as possible, however the severity of a storm changes so quickly that the number of notifications we would send could quickly turn the reverse 911 system into something that our citizens begin to ignore.

We appreciate your interest in your family’s safety and I hope you believe that it is our primary mission as well. We continue to look for new methods and processes to increase notification capabilities. Thank you again for your input…


Good information by the chief. To add to chief Siebert’s comments, take a look at this video:


and you can read more about the sirens on the City of Frisco website.  I hope this helps!  – Mayor Maher Maso

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Standing-Room Only Tickets for FCS on Sale Thursday

Seats all sold out

(December 18, 2012- INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. ) Seats for the 2013 NCAA Division I Football Championship game at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 5, are officially sold out. However, a limited number of standing-room only tickets will go on sale Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m., Central, at NCAA.com/fcs.

Tickets will be $30 and provide entrance to the venue along with access to watch the game from the concourse, but do not include a seat. This marks the second consecutive year that the title game, hosted by the Southland Conference, the city of Frisco and the Hunt Sports Group, has sold out of seats at a capacity of more than 20,500. This year’s championship game, featuring a rematch of last year’s title contest between North Dakota State University and Sam Houston State University, will also air live on ESPN2 at noon, Central.

“We expect this to be another outstanding FCS Championship game,” said Damani Leech, NCAA director of championships and alliances and operations manager for the Division I FCS Championship. “With two great teams playing for the national championship in front of a sellout crowd, the atmosphere will be electric. In addition, many people have put in a lot of time and effort into making sure that the participating teams and their fans have a tremendous experience.”

For fans interested in seats, the NCAA Ticket Exchange at fcs.flashseats.com offers a safe and easy way to buy, sell or transfer tickets through an approved secondary outlet. The NCAA Ticket Exchange is the only guaranteed, NCAA-approved secondary ticket marketplace. The NCAA Ticket Exchange allows fans to buy great seats confidently, knowing that the seats are authentic, never counterfeit.

Fans that do not have tickets are encouraged to enjoy the festivities leading up to the start of the game, which include Tailgate Town, the Stadium Walk and Pep Rally and the POWERADE NCAA Youth Clinic. Tailgate Town is a fun-filled, interactive area that allows fans of any age a chance to experience the thrills, excitement and spirit of college football in the FC Dallas Stadium Parking lot. It will be open from 9 a.m. to Noon, and feature some of Frisco’s best food, drink and live music.

The North Dakota State Arrival and Stadium walk will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by Sam Houston State’s at 9:45 a.m. North Dakota State will kick off the first pep rally at 10:15 a.m. and it will last approximately 15 minutes. The pep rally for Sam Houston State will begin at 10:30 a.m. All walks and pep rallies will be held adjacent to FC Dallas Stadium.

The POWERADE NCAA Youth Clinics are open to boys and girls ages 7-14 at 9 a.m. at the FC Dallas Practice Fields adjacent to the main stadium. The POWERADE NCAA Youth Clinics will be managed by USA Football and former NFL players. Participants will receive sport instruction, get valuable information on fitness, healthy lifestyles and sportsmanship. This is a free event, but registration is encouraged at www.NCAA.com/fcs. Limited walk up registration is available beginning at 8 a.m. on game day. No equipment or experience required.

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First ever Mayors New Year’s Eve Ball

Please join the Mayor Maher Maso New Year’s Eve Ball planning committee as they host this fun-filled evening to close out the year and support Mayor Maso in his campaign and officeholder expenses.  Visit www.friscomayorsball.com for more info and get your tickets soon!  Tickets are going fast.  Sponsorships are available, but corporate donations are not accepted.  If you have friends you would like to sit with, please note that in the comments as you purchase your tickets.  Dinner, Dancing and fun are on tap.  Emerald City Productions “Party Machine” will be performing.

New Year's Eve ball invitation

Join the Mayor Maher Maso New Year’s Eve ball committee as they host this fun-filled evening.

Pol. Ad. paid for by Maher Maso, 15935 Stonebridge Dr. Frisco, TX 75035. Del Harris Treasurer.


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Frisco Women’s League Month Proclamation

WHEREAS, Frisco Women’s League (FWL) was established in 2002 and is a not for profit organization dedicated to supporting and enriching Frisco and its neighboring communities; and

WHEREAS, Frisco Women’s League’s mission is to promote community service & enhance the quality of life in the City of Frisco and surrounding areas; to support activities, programs, and projects which aid civic, cultural and educational development in our community; and to assist the community through volunteerism, fundraisers and community projects; and

WHEREAS, Frisco Women’s League has over 170 members in Frisco and the policy of FWL is that no person, on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age or handicap shall be discriminated against in our activities, programs, membership or leadership opportunities; and

WHEREAS, Frisco Women’s League has volunteered their time to Clothe-A-Child, Heroes for Children 5K Run, Easter Eggstravaganza, Frisco Family Services, Cookies for Heroes, Freedom Fest and many other City of Frisco events; and

WHEREAS, Frisco Women’s League has raised money through their signature events-the Mother & Daughter Tea and Merry Market Place to donate to such charities as Hope Park, City House and Frisco Cares; and

WHEREAS, Frisco Women’s League celebrates 10 years of service to our community and have helped many throughout our community during that time.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Maher Maso, Mayor of the City of Frisco, Texas, do herby proclaim October 2012 as:


And urge all citizens to congratulate these women on all they do to help our community.

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Red Ribbon Week Proclamation

WHEREAS, Alcohol and Drug Abuse is one of the greatest threats to the health of our State’s young people; and

WHEREAS, Students, Parents, Teachers, Law Enforcement Officials, Business Leaders, Elected Officials, and Citizens each have a part to play in the war against drugs; and

WHEREAS, Education is our most important weapon in fighting drug abuse and we must remind our young people that turning to alcohol or illegal drugs is never the right decision; and

WHEREAS, Progressive steps have been made to combat substance abuse, but we continue to recognize that total awareness and cooperative efforts are crucial to continue positive growth in prevention, intervention, and treatment services. Some of the programs that Frisco Independent School District, in conjunction with the City of Frisco, has effectively implemented are:

 D.A.R.E. Program – Drug Abuse Resistance Program
 Rachel’s Challenge with ‘Friends of Rachel’ Groups
 Shattered Dreams Program
 School Resource Officers in all of the Secondary Schools
 Random contraband inspections using Drug Sniffing Dogs and additional Drug Education services in the schools through R.A.I.D. Corps Southwest, Inc.
 Second Step Training through classroom guidance
 Counselor-Guided Teaching Programs with all Schools to assist the FISD Teachers in reinforcing Decision-Making Skills

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Maher Maso, Mayor of the City of Frisco, Texas do hereby proclaim the Week of October 22 -26, 2012 as


In and throughout the City of Frisco and urge all Citizens to participate in this war against substance abuse.

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