New Tornado Siren Policy Unveiled
(Cincinnati, Oh.) - A unified plan is in place for emergency weather sirens in the Tri-State.
Emergency managers from 12 counties have agreed on a policy to sound the sirens only in the event of a tornado warning. Included are Dearborn County in Indiana; Adams, Brown, Butler Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren counties in Ohio; and Boone, Campbell, Kenton and Pendleton counties in Kentucky.
Sirens will only be sounded under two conditions: that a tornado warning has been issued by the National Weather Service, or that a tornado has been spotted by a county official.
Each county used to have its own policies for severe weather, causing confusion among residents.
The improved policy also fosters collaboration between counties, to mobilize first responders when disaster strikes.
As Dearborn and Ohio counties have done recently, Hamilton County’s Emergency Management Agency has begun use of a reverse 911 system. Residents can sign up to receive a phone call, e-mail, or text message when an emergency situation arises in their area.
Register on Hamilton County EMA’s website, http://www.hamiltoncountyohioema.org.