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No Siren Test for Linn County
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Most Iowans will hear tornado sirens Wednesday morning, all part of the National Weather Service's annual Severe Weather Awareness Week. The test simulates a tornado watch and warning. But Linn County will not take part in the most audible part of the test.
Emergency Manager Mike Goldberg says sirens in Linn County will not sound when the fake tornado warning is issued. "Setting off the sirens for the test tornado drill would generate far more inquiries from people wondering why they sounded as opposed to those wondering why they didnt." Goldberg said in a statement. "The public safety communications centers dont need the extra work."
Goldberg points out that the sirens are not to signal a tornado, but to warn people outdoors of any dangerous conditions. The system is installed and maintained by the Duane Arnold nuclear power plant in Palo.
Goldberg says his staff will take part in testing the indoor warning system today, which will alert special populations including schools. The county will still conduct its monthly test of the outdoor warning system on the first Wednesday of each month.