By MEG GREY
Clay and Vigo counties were greatly affected by the storms this past weekend. Residents in the counties tuned into the television and radio to learn about taking cover from a possible tornado. But if the tornado would have actually touched down would residents have been able to flee to safety in time? A weather warning siren in both counties could assist in alerting residents to take cover.
A weather siren is similar to a fire siren but it sounds in the case of a tornado warning in the area. Usually the siren goes off until the forewarning has passed. Vigo County currently has one siren on the Indiana State University campus but it is not enough to reach the entire county. According to Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Dave Tucek, the sirens are designed to be an outdoor system and only reach half a mile and only to people that are outside. So of the multiple ways to receive information about the weather, a siren may not be the most efficient answer.
In order to alert the maximum sum of residents, sirens would need to be placed all over Clay County. A project that would cost a pretty penny. One siren costs anywhere between $10,000 to $15,000.
Mayor Kenny Crabb claims that no one has ever asked for a siren and he believes it is a county-wide situation. But he would favor the purchase of a siren if the opportunity ever arose.