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UPDATE: Four sirens fail during severe weather tests in St. Joseph County

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This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Indiana.  It's the time for you and officials to prepare for possible emergency situations.

The Saint Joseph County Emergency Management Agency tested services across the county, including the 67 emergency sirens, Wednesday morning and again between 7:30 and 8:00 Wednesday evening.

FOX28 News spoke to agency officials following both tests. They say four sirens appear to have failed.  Those were the one behind LaSalle Elementary, at Hollyhock Rd. and Orchard St., College Street, and a siren along Crumstown Highway.

Emergency Management says they're already working to repair the sirens.  Repair time will depend on what is actually wrong with the sirens, but we are told that the agency has spare parts on hand so it will likely be a quick turnaround.

Usually those who work during the day don't hear the sirens when they are tested.

"Then we want to give families the opportunity to talk with their children, talk with their family members and start going over what they can do if they hear the siren. You know, what supplies they need, what resources they need. What are they gonna do?" says Director of Emergency Management, Bill Zimmerman.

If a siren close to your house is not making any noise during the test, or if the siren head is not spinning, contact the Emergency Management Agency.

Though they have a computerized system to alert them of failures, Emergency Management says they rely on phone calls from the public to confirm and pinpoint problems.

 

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