Emergency warning sirens failure

A tornado warning for the extreme southeastern section of the county was issued by the National Weather Service at 2:18 a.m. this morning but county warning sirens remained silent.

As of this morning there has been no report of a tornado touching down in Dubois County, but the warning this morning indicated a likely event over Birdseye moving northeast. The rapidly moving storm system continued out of the area and the warning for Dubois County was cancelled at about 2:23 a.m.

Janice Love, 911 Communications director, stated this morning the issue seemed to be a radio problem. “We received the notification from the National Weather Service at 2:18 a.m. At 2:18 and 48 seconds they tried to set off the sirens,” Love stated.

The sirens didn’t activate and the center attempted to activate the sirens again a minute later at 2:19:48 a.m. and the system failed again. At that point dispatchers began to call out on the fire department frequency to begin notifications of emergency personnel. They attempted to activate the sirens one final time at 2:21:54, then, about a minute later, at 2:23 a.m., the warning was cancelled for Dubois County.

“They did exactly what they were supposed to do,” Love said, “but it was an equipment failure of some kind and we are trying to find out what happened right now.”

During the troubleshooting process today, the sirens and emergency notification system may be activated.

Dubois County Emergency Management director Tammy Miller stated they heard the warning but have not had any reports of damages yet this morning.

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