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Is technology making tornado sirens obsolete?

CREATED Jun 17, 2014

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TOWN OF FREDONIA - Tornado sirens have been used since the 1970's, and have saved countless lives of people who happen to be outdoors when the sirens go off.  But when the Town of Fredonia in Ozaukee County tested its tornado sirens earlier in the season, one of the two in the area spun, but didn't make a sound.

That sound of silence triggered a debate about safety.  Jason Caswell is the Fire Chief in the neighboring village of Waubeka.  He is concerned, and says, "When people see that, they expect it to work, and if something happens and it doesn't, that can create a liability."

He brought the facts before Fredonia's town board since they're the governing body, but found reluctance to front the $40,000 fix.

As our nation's infrastructure ages and technology advances, this is a debate likely to be repeated in town after town.

Tune in this Thursday night, June 19 at 7 p.m. as our Storm Team Forecasters keep you safe from the storm.  They'll show you everything you need to know when severe weather strikes, and we'll look back at some of the worst storms in our state's history.