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Officials Checking Tornado Sirens Throughout State

Last updated on Monday, May 26, 2008

(FORT WAYNE) - Indiana’s emergency management officials are assessing the state’s tornado sirens to make sure they’re adequate for alerting residents about dangerous weather.

A bill signed into law by Governor Daniels in March requires each of Indiana's 92 counties to submit a report on siren coverage to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

The report would include all existing and planned sirens in a county, all areas not within range of a siren and recommendations for what counties need by way of more sirens.

Even in the age of weather radios and the internet, communities are investing in tornado sirens because of their ability to quickly alert thousands of people to dangerous weather.

The new law requires not only a report of the location of each siren in a community but also the date of its installation, the manufacturer and model year.

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