Zionsville Times Sentinel

April 3, 2013

All but 2 county warning sirens pass test

By Rod Rose
For the Times Sentinel

— Only two of Boone County’s 37 tornado warning sirens did not function Wednesday during  an annual test held in observation of Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

Other than the siren issues — one in Lebanon, the other in Zionsville — the test “went really well,” Boone County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Martin said.

A siren in Dover that covers Western Boone Jr.-Sr. High School had failed a previous test because of a relay problem, Martin said. The siren’s sensor batteries were replaced and it now works, he added.

Between 75 percent and 80 percent of Boone’s area is now covered by the warning sirens according to an estimate by the National Weather Service, Martin said, although he cautioned the sirens are not a one-sound-fits-every-emergency solution.

“Remember, those are warning devices for people outdoors,” he said. “They aren’t to wake people up at 2 a.m.; they’re to alert people outdoors that they need to turn on their radio or TV to see what’s happening.”

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.