911 Director explains why tornado sirens sound - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

911 Director explains why tornado sirens sound

Posted: Updated:
Trumbull County, Ohio -

The activation of tornado warning sirens in Trumbull County last night has raised a few questions. 21 News looked into why sirens went off in so many areas, when the storm threat was in an isolated section of the county.

The warning was issued at 10:58 p.m. when National Weather Service doppler radar picked up rotation in a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. 21 News Chief Meteorologist Eric Wilhelm pint-pointed the area over Eastern Trumbull county.

However, when the 9-1-1 dispatch center receives a tornado warning from the national weather service, they have a prescribed protocol to follow.

"At that point in time, what we do is, our protocol is to set off the county EMA tornado sirens," said Ernest Cook, Trumbull 911 Director.

The 9-1-1 dispatch center controls sirens in 14 different locations around Trumbull County.

"In the rural areas, the city of Warren, city of Niles receive that same notification from the National Weather Service and follow their protocol and set the sirens off also," said Cook.

He also points out that Trumbull County is the second largest county in the state.

"625 square miles, so, you can have something happening an event down south or up north that wouldn't affect the other ends of the county, but the protocol is to set all the sirens off," said Cook.

It's a rather safe than sorry approach, and Fred Theordore who lives just feet from a siren in Howland said he never questions why it sounds.

"I'd rather have it blaring then not know about it, and then something happens. Then you're going to cry and complain, 'How come the sirens weren't on?'. I'd rather have them on," said Theordore.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Toledo zoo welcomes 100-year-old tortoise

    Toledo zoo welcomes 100-year-old tortoise

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:11:09 GMT
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The newest resident of the Toledo Zoo is a 100-year-old dome-shelled Galapagos tortoise that weighs in at 440 pounds. The tortoise, named Emerson, arrived at the zoo Wednesday night from the San Diego Zoo. He was escorted by Toledo Zoo personnel on his flight to Detroit before being driven to Toledo and uncrated inside a heated shed. Handlers welcomed him with carrot and sweet potato treats and a neck rub. The (Toledo) Blade reports Emerson is the zoo's first Galapagos to...More >>
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The newest resident of the Toledo Zoo is a 100-year-old dome-shelled Galapagos tortoise that weighs in at 440 pounds. The tortoise, named Emerson, arrived at the zoo Wednesday night from the San Diego Zoo. He was escorted by Toledo Zoo personnel on his flight to Detroit before being driven to Toledo and uncrated inside a heated shed. Handlers welcomed him with carrot and sweet potato treats and a neck rub. The (Toledo) Blade reports Emerson is the zoo's first Galapagos to...More >>
  • Ohio serial rapist gets 135 years in prison

    Ohio serial rapist gets 135 years in prison

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:10:21 GMT
    CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who was linked to seven Cleveland-area rapes when authorities reopened hundreds of previously unsolved rape cases has been sentenced to up to 135 years in prison. The sentence by a judge in Cuyahoga County on Wednesday means 69-year-old Robert Green likely will never get out of prison. He was indicted in five of the cases in November and two more in May. He pleaded guilty. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the rapes occurred over nearly a decade. They were unso...More >>
    CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who was linked to seven Cleveland-area rapes when authorities reopened hundreds of previously unsolved rape cases has been sentenced to up to 135 years in prison. The sentence by a judge in Cuyahoga County on Wednesday means 69-year-old Robert Green likely will never get out of prison. He was indicted in five of the cases in November and two more in May. He pleaded guilty. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the rapes occurred over nearly a decade. They were unso...More >>
  • Drone delays landing of Ohio hospital chopper

    Drone delays landing of Ohio hospital chopper

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:08:46 GMT
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Officials at a southwest Ohio hospital say a drone flying near the building delayed the landing of an emergency medical helicopter for nine minutes. The health of the patient aboard the helicopter trying to land at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton wasn't compromised, but an official says the man flying the drone violated an FAA guideline that the operator must be at least 400 feet away from a hospital. Dayton Daily News reports that the Monday incident highlights the need ...More >>
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Officials at a southwest Ohio hospital say a drone flying near the building delayed the landing of an emergency medical helicopter for nine minutes. The health of the patient aboard the helicopter trying to land at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton wasn't compromised, but an official says the man flying the drone violated an FAA guideline that the operator must be at least 400 feet away from a hospital. Dayton Daily News reports that the Monday incident highlights the need ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms