City of Effingham Outdoor Warning Siren Concerns


Effingham-On Wednesday evening a tornado warning was issued for Effingham county including the City of Effingham. Many residents expressed their concerns that the sirens were not activated during the storm. Officials from the city issued a press release today explaining why the sirens were not turned on.

The City of Effingham has a policy to only sound the Outdoor Sirens if there is imminent danger to the city. This is determined by an actual spotting of a funnel cloud or tornado or if the National Weather Service notifies us that we are in the direct line of one. This policy is set to hopefully prevent the residents from becoming immune to the sirens and to keep them safe in the event of a real tornado.

A confirmed EF-0 tornado touched down near Altamont, in Effingham County, but rotation on the radar remained south of the city limits. Kim Tegeler, City of Effingham Emergency Manager recommends that every citizen have a NOAA Weather Radio! Tegeler says the outdoor warning sirens are designed to only be heard outdoors, so you can seek shelter when there is imminent danger. 

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