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Knox Township refurbishes sirens

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KNOX TWP., Ohio - The sirens may look shiny and new, but in fact they are all used and refurbished. Trustee, Greg Carver said the township started looking for affordable sirens more than a year ago.

"They're great sirens. They work very good. There's very little upkeep. They're old but they still do a great job," he says.

They eventually acquired five sirens and everyone pitched in to get them fixed and installed.

"It's been a community effort to just come together, get the sirens up, you know, help out anyway as far as painting them," Carver says.

The sirens were placed in five strategic locations through out the township and the first one was installed on Knox School Road, right in front of the elementary school.

The superintendent of the West Branch School District says it's a welcome addition for student safety.

"Along with the training that the students go through under the guidance of the principal, it just helps the whole community feel a little bit safer," says superintendent Scott Weingart.

A representative of the National Weather Service was on hand for Friday's dedication and he says even in a world of modern technology, these sirens can be a valuable tool in protecting local residents.

"Because they may not have their cell phone, they may not be close to a weather radio or television. This is another means to ensure people get the message that a life threatening storm is approaching," says Fred McMullen with The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.

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