Tornado sirens didn't alert residents during Aug. 7 storm

CREATED Aug 19, 2013

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APPLETON - A leader in Outagamie County is under fire after storm sirens failed to sound during the tornadoes that hit the area on Aug. 7.

Members of the county's public safety board are discussing possible disciplinary action against Emergency Management Director Julie Loeffelholz. The storms did about $31 million worth of damage in Outagamie County. Neighbors have been questioning ever since the storm why the sirens never went off.

"Our eyewitnesses out on the ground were aware there were tornadoes and strong damaging winds. That came in through the comm center which should have activated the sirens," says County Board Supervisor Tanya Rabec.

In response Loeffelholz released this statement saying "at no point was a tornado warning issued for Outagamie County, thus ASI software did not activate the sirens."

The power outage also reportedly resulted in the sirens not turning on.

"There's additional questions that we do have regarding this matter," says Rabec.

The full County Board will make a recommendation to Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson as he has the final say if disciplinary action will be taken.