Sound Of Silence: Some Dearborn Co. Warning Sirens Not Working

Posted On February 22, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

An emergency siren in Lawrenceburg. File photo.

(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Many Dearborn County residents reported hearing no sirens when a tornado warning was issued Wednesday morning.

The warning went into effect by the National Weather Service at 4:42 a.m., but many had no idea because the horns near their homes remained silent.

It turns out some of the county’s sirens were indeed not operational. Dearborn County Emergency Management Director Jason Sullivan said upon receiving calls about the non-functioning sirens later Wednesday, his office immediately started to identify and resolve the issue.

Sullivan said the problem was a power source for the sirens.

“We have contacted our vendor and they have identified the issue and are in the process of fixing it. At this time Dearborn County will not have the use of any outdoor warning sirens until this can be repaired,” he said.

Citizens are urged to have multiple ways of receiving emergency notifications, not relying solely on the warning sirens. Those other methods can include weather radios, TV, or local radio. A limited supple of free weather radios are available to citizens at Dearborn County EMA’s office in Lawrenceburg, Sullivan said.

Many cell phones also receive emergency alerts through their wireless network.

Dearborn County also distributes alerts to citizens who register their phone number or email address at www.Smart911.com.

“This will allow you to receive information and alerts about potential life threatening issues in Dearborn County,” said Sullivan.