Thursday, June 23, 2011

Failure to sound sirens irritates Downers Grove, IL residents in June 21 storms

Residents in Downers Grove, Illinois are fuming because sirens weren't sounded during the violent June 21 storms that actually produced an EF-1 tornado with winds 90-100 mph.

The local officials said the sirens weren't sounded because a funnel cloud wasn't spotted at night.

I have to say that I am disappointed in how this situation turned out. Besides how hard it is to spot a funnel cloud/tornado at night, all local governments should hold the best interests in their citizens and sound sirens if there is the slightest indication of a tornado occurring.

I do not condemn any local governments, but if you are concerned of this happening to you and want to take action, I would suggest you could call your local government to hear their tornado siren plans and what the guidelines are for when to sound the sirens.

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