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One Siren Fails During Statewide Tornado Drill

Monroe County Emergency Management Director Jim Comerford can check each of the 42 sirens in the county with a computer system.

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Monroe Co. Emergency Management uses a computer system to monitor the 42 sirens in the county.

Severe weather preparedness week continued Wednesday with the annual statewide tornado drill. Amateur radio operator Murl McRae was one of 17 amateur radio operators monitoring the sirens during the test.

“We have amateurs at 17 locations that are watching the sirens to be sure they do work for the upcoming tornado season,” said McRae.

Back at Monroe County Emergency Management operations, Director Jim Comerford is checking each of the 42 sirens in the county with a computer system.

“Up to this point, our indications from all of our electronic monitoring in the last few days that they are all just fine,” said Comerford.

The county added 10 sirens this year placed in strategic positions based from a population study in 2007.

“When the 2010 census data comes out, we’ll probably get that committee back together to look it over to see where there are changes,” he said.

But if you didn’t hear the sirens in your home this morning, Comerford said they are meant to be heard outside.

“If you happen to live in a place where you are lucky enough that you do hear it in the house, that’s fine, but that is not really what they are intended for.”

Inside, he recommends a NOAA Weather Radio.

The evening test did confirm one non-functional siren at Paynetown Recreation area.

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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