Statewide drill sounds alarm to some problems

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – A statewide tornado drill was conducted Tuesday at 9:50 a.m.

Ohio Governor John Kasich declared March 2-March 8 Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week.

A siren failed to go off at Sandridge Drive in Moraine Tuesday morning during the drill.

It worked when tested a second time.

“They’re mechanical devices, they break.  So, just like anything else, we want to check them, we want to make sure they work.  We also want people to know they can hear them,” says Moraine Fire Department Lt. Phil Sinewe.

Moraine tests the sirens once a month as do most cities.

Some opted out of Tuesday’s statewide drill and decided to only do the regularly scheduled monthly test.

Lt. Sinewe says when one of the sirens in Moraine doesn’t work, an error message is sent electronically by the actual siren.

“In the old days, we actually sent guys out to every siren to listen to them.  We don’t do that anymore. They all report back to us whether they actually ran or not.  If it didn’t run the first time, that report will get noticed later today when they review the reports and send somebody out to look at it,” explains Lt. Sinewe.

But, he says you shouldn’t rely solely on these sirens to keep you safe.

“They were never intended for you to hear a tornado siren inside of your home.  They’re intended for you when you’re out at a playground.  They’re intended for when you’re outside.  So, you really need to have a weather warning device inside of your home.  The sirens are not made for that,” comments Lt. Sinewe.

Fire officials say you should always have a weather radio and extra batteries to help keep you safe as well.
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