Following Last Week’s Failure, Louisville Tornado Sirens Sound During Drill

by Gabe Bullard on March 8, 2011

by Dalton Main

One week after civil defense sirens failed to sound during a tornado watch in Louisville, MetroSafe says all mechanical systems are functioning properly.

The agency took part in a statewide tornado drill today. According to executive Director Doug Hamilton, all 123 sirens were working properly, though three did not sound due to power issues.

“We didn’t have any issues identified, obviously we have put in numerous other ways for people to get notice other than the Emergency Alert System and those did function,” he says.

Last week, MetroSafe radios did not pick up a tornado warning signal from the National Weather Service. Further, MetroSafe employees did not manually sound the sirens when they learned of the warning. Equipment has been repaired and the agency is looking into disciplining the employees.

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