by Hudson Star-Observer
June 17, 2011 at 5:03 am in Hudson Star-Observer
During the public comment section of the town of Troy meeting Thursday, June 9, a resident raised concerns about the lack of warning sirens for severe weather within the town. Continue Reading
Tags: communities, Government, troy, weather 9 Comments »
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All those 500K + homes and they don’t have an emergency siren…..hmmm…..seems that Troy just got ‘free’ high speed fiber optic cable run throughout the township thanks to those ‘free’ stimulus funds….that’s a bit ironic given the average home in Troy township. You would think they would be able to afford a siren somehow.
Reminds me of when Troy residents voted overwhelmingly for Rivercrest to be built (without their vote it would have not passed) and then, oh, by the way, could the city please annex the land and pay for water and sewer to be brought out? Maybe now they will want to tie into the city’s siren system, then ask the feds (i.e. you and I) to pay for it!! I just find it amusing when these folks all want to move to ‘the country’ but have all the perks of city living, without the taxes that go along with the infrastructure. Go enjoy your green acres, just stop preaching to us all about ‘urban sprawl’ and ‘green living’ and stop leaning on us city folk for your infrastructure needs.
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They can have our siren. It goes off if there is a thunderstorm down by Menomonie. No one pays any attention to it anymore. It should only sound when there is a tornado bearing down on Hudson.
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brett- that would make sense- the .gov is not allowed to operate that way…the problem is the first time a siren dosent go off, and a storm goes through, the lawyers will blame the .gov for not setting it off.
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Storm warnings are issued by the National Weather Service by county, not for specific cities, towns or villages. That is why sirens go off county-wide. 911 dispatchers are not in a position to pick and choose little towns and villages where sirens should go off. That is a recipe for disaster. If you would like to ignore a siren, that is certainly your choice. Many people ignored the sirens when they went off during the Memorial Day service and judged for themselves if they were in imminent danger by checking their phones/radar. Personally, when I hear a siren I usually check radar and see where the storm is. I would rather have it go off and determine for myself if I will be affected than not be warned.
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The siren should only go off when the area where it can be heard is under a threat. Tell me what good does sounding the siren do if the storm is 30 miles east and heading away? I was at the Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery when the Siren went off. No one moved. That tells me the siren is meaningless. The rules should be changed in order for the siren to be an effective tool in saving lives. Most people know when severe weather is in the forecast and pay attention. That’s not the sirens function to inform them of that. The purpose of the siren should be to warn people to take cover, not to turn on the TV weather forecast..
There is an old story about the little boy that cried wolf……………..
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So when NWS issues a warning for St. Croix county, whose job is it to find out where the hail and high winds are? I doubt you would have a very reliable or reponsive effort from law enforcement….again, warnings are issued countywide, as are the sirens. Chose to ignore if you wish.
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We don’t need warnings if thunderstorms are 30 miles to the east and heading away. It totally defeats the purpose of the warning system and makes it ineffective.
Personally I don’t need the warning at all, but if they want to save lives, make it mean something.
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Maybe when the National Weather Service gets sophisticated enough to issue a warning for your particular block, you can go out on your porch and ring a dinner bell to warn your neighbors. Of course, then people might come running to your house looking for dinner. There are no perfect solutions and common sense among the general population is required. I do realize it is in short supply these days.
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