Emergency management worker warned of failed siren

CREATED Aug 21, 2013

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APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Months before severe storms hit the Fox Valley and caused $31 million in damages, an emergency management official warned Outagamie County supervisors the county's weather warning system was at risk.

Outagamie County Emergency Management Deputy Director Steve Hansel told members of the Public Safety Committee in February that the county could not sound its sirens if the backup generator for the warning tower failed. The backup generator had been disconnected before the storm hit Aug. 6-7 while a gas system was installed and had not been reconnected.

Emergency Management Director Julie Loeffelholz said she could not have sounded sirens alerting residents to the storm because power was lost at the communications tower.

Post-Crescent Media says Hansel resigned his county position in July.

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Information from: The Post-Crescent, http://www.postcrescent.com