Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Siren Debate Near End


As I write this post, the sirens are sounding again in Marion County for severe weather. It's a policy of precaution currently that makes this happen.

For some time now, Marion County has sounded its tornado sirens when a Tornado Warning is issued or when a Tornado Watch and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning are both in effect. That policy may be changing.

A plan would reduce the number of times we hear the sirens sound in Marion County to just situations where Tornado Warnings occur. This plan is currently awaiting the approval of Mayor Ballard, and it will go into effect on July 1.

I fully support this plan. I believe we set the sirens off WAY too much, and it desensitizes people to what should be the urgent wail of the siren.

That's not to say that the original idea wasn't a good one. It was, but, in practice, it's a little too much.

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