All 8 of Johnston’s Sirens Still Not Sounding

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JOHNSTON, Iowa -- The weather sirens in Johnston are still not working as of Monday.

Officials say the malfunction was discovered during a test of the sirens on Friday.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office manages 17 cities and townships severe weather sirens.

It sends out the signal that activates the sirens.

Mayor Paula Dierenfeld says the city is working with Polk County to narrow down the exact issue.

"They determined the equipment and the sirens are working at our end but when they worked with Polk County to see if a severe weather signal was activated if we would be receiving the signal, it was determined we were not receiving the signal from Polk County.”

Officials say although it's unclear if the signal is the only issue, it will be working to determine why that connection is failing.

“It’s really a technical issue. With any electronic system, from time to time, there are malfunctions. It’s something that a lot of companies are looking into. An electronic company here is looking into the tone that’s sent out or the frequency," said Polk County Major Brent Long.

Officials hope to have the sirens fixed by this week.

“Safety of our residents in our number one priority, so we need to make sure we get this resolved just as quickly as possible,” said Mayor Dierenfeld.

For now, residents are encouraged to monitor weather forecasts and have a weather radio or app like 13WarnMe (Download).


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