Warren Co. Warning Sirens Malfunction: Officials Say They're Being Fixed

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

Warren County's tornado warning siren system has malfunctioned twice within the past 2 weeks during severe weather situations, and emergency management officials say they problems are being addressed.

"It's not a perfect system," says assistant emergency manager Greg Turner.

The "Cow/Calves" system sounds an outdoor and indoor siren only in the event of a tornado warning, but during such a warning on July 5th, the sirens didn't sound. Warren Co. Emergency Manager Ronnie Pearson says that was due to an overload of emergency radio traffic, but he says if that same situation occurs again, the system has been altered to deal with it.

During Tuesday's non-tornadic severe weather, the sirens did sound when they weren't supposed to, due to a power surge at the generator site, according to Turner. That problem is being addressed, as well, according to Turner and Pearson.

Both officials say they are still pleased with the system, which has been in place since 1997.

"We're pleased that in all the years we've had it up and running, this is the first time we've really had any problems with it," Turner says.


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