Some Tornado Sirens Stay Silent In Several Communities

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Emergency management officials in two central Ohio counties say changes to their tornado warning systems could be in the works after some sirens never sounded.

"My first reaction was a little bit of a panic,” said Pataskala resident Ian Fontaine after seeing a tornado warning was issued early Friday morning.

Fontaine says his panic was followed by confusion when he opened the door of his Pataskala home and did not hear a siren.

"The indicated tornado was close so it was a little concerning there was nothing going on,” he said.

The nearest siren to Fontaine’s home is located at Havens Corners Rd. and Taylor Rd.

Licking County Emergency Management Director Kevin Carver says it is possible that siren did not sound due to a malfunction. He says his department will investigate.

But other sirens in western Licking County also did not sound.

Franklin County EMA officials say they operate sirens installed by Reynoldsburg even though the sirens are located in Licking County. Since Franklin County was not under a tornado warning, the sirens that the county operates--including those in Licking County--were never turned on.

Licking County residents like Fontaine say they would like to see changes made.

"It's an unusual situation,” Fontaine said. “Even if it's one out of 100 chances, is it worth the risk?"

Both Licking County and Franklin County EMA officials tell 10TV they will work together to make sure a similar situation does not happen again.