No warning sirens in town hit by twister

No warning sirens in town hit by twister

There are 23 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 8, 2008, titled No warning sirens in town hit by twister. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

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44 yrs in indy

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#23 Feb 9, 2008
PETA wrote:
Oops, my bad. That is Public Safety Director Newman. Got my prosecutors mixed up.
As for sirens vs. weather radios, the radios are great (I have one, too) and, depending on how they are programmed, can always give you more warning than the siren system. You should understand, though, that they are not alerting you to the same things. The NWS will broadcast watches (less serious)and warnings (more serious) which may activate your weather radio but would not necessarily result in a siren activation. Here is the protocol for activating the weather sirens, copied from the Marion County Emergency Management website.
When Marion County is under a TORNADO WATCH AND a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is issued for Marion County by the Indianapolis office of the National Weather Service.
When a TORNADO WARNING is issued for Marion County by the Indianapolis office of the National Weather Service.
When a public safety officer (Police, Fire, EMS) reports sighting a FUNNEL CLOUD (a rotating column of wind NOT IN CONTACT with the ground) or a TORNADO (a rotating column of wind IN CONTACT with the ground.
My weather radio went off 5-6 times before the sirens were activated because they operate on different levels. Either of them means that you should check for further information from TV or radio broadcasts. You really don't want the sirens going off for every weather watch the NWS issues.
if i remember right when i was a child ( age 10 or older)that same siren went off every time a watch or warning was issued. it even had different timing of the drop in sound to tell the difference of the two(watch or warning) but that was the old system not this new & improved system.(somtimes old school is better hahaha )even though it allways had that 11:am friday relese the pressure test.

Fort Wayne, IN

#24 Feb 11, 2008
You're right 44. There are 2 signals but it's difficult to tell them apart since the sirens rotate. We called them air raid sirens when I was a kid. That was in the 50s and 60s and I don't recall how they went then. They were operated by Civil Defense then. The system is now operated by Emergency Management. I'm quite familiar with the new system and, while it's true that new doesn't always mean better, the new system is better in many ways. Some of the sirens that are being replaced are over 50 years old and there are no parts to repair them. The county will have 170 sirens, all new or refurbished similar models, when the system is completed. That should be very soon unless some more politically connected whiners want the unsightly things moved.

Naperville, IL

#25 Feb 25, 2008

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