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Weather sirens: county-wide, city-specific or both?

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Weather and emergencies that come along with it have unfortunately been the latest themes in Iowa, and across the Midwest.

During spring storms, many will hear the weather emergency sirens ring throughout cities and counties, and multiple different agencies can have jurisdiction over their activation.

In Black Hawk County, Emergency Management can sound a county-wide siren during severe weather. Each city also has the capability to set off their own at their respective fire departments.

Butler County is another example in which both county-wide and town-specific sirens are utilized.

Fire chiefs say having the ability to choose where and when to sound the warning is more effective in many cases.

"Whatever city it's going to affect, so the sirens can be set off for those locations. We can also track it coming from other counties, and rely on a lot of the National Weather Service information also," said Cedar Falls Fire Chief John Schilling.

KWWL received reports of Jesup residents not hearing the siren Monday night, June 16. According to Buchanan County Emergency Management, the town of Jesup didn't sound its siren that night. Buchanan County EMA Coordinator Rick Wulfekuhle said the county doesn't have a county-wide siren; the ultimate responsibility of sounding the warning falls on each town.

Wulfekuhle said Buchanan County is working toward developing a county-wide siren as warning systems become upgraded.

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