The Ottumwa Courier

April 28, 2014

Tornado sirens silent

Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — Rumors over tornado sirens that remained silent has prompted a city official to broadcast some facts.

The city of Ottumwa's public information officer Tom Rodgers issued a statement early Monday. He said some of the rumors come from confusion over what kicks off the tornado sirens.

"Activation requires either a tornado warning issued by the NWS or visual verification from a credible, NWS-trained weather spotter," wrote Rodgers.

He sent out a mass mailing to police, city council members and the media: "Been hearing a lot of talk about what happened ... all protocols were followed to the letter and no one dropped the ball."

There was no tornado warning issued for Wapello County. That's why the Outdoor Warning Siren was not activated.

He said NOAA Weather Radio and Emergency Alert System (EAS) announcements were made in a timely fashion with all current information.

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