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3/16/2020 1:11:00 PM
Tornado sirens to sound but no cause for alarm
Wednesday's test to include Jennings County, all of Indiana
Tornado sirens will sound at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, throughout Jennings County. Barring an unexpected turn in the weather - the forecast calls for some rain in the afternoon but no severe storms - residents should not be alarmed. (If weather conditions warrant, the test will be postponed to Thursday, March 19.)

The tornado sirens being activated will be part of a statewide drill held every March during Indiana Severe Weather and Flood Preparedness Week.

Jennings County has 12 relatively new tornado sirens, all of which were installed and erected in 2016 and 2017 at a cost of $180,000.

Before the sirens' installation, there was only one working tornado siren in the entire county, located in North Vernon.

"These sirens are another layer of protection for our community," said Jerry Shepherd, director of the county's Emergency Management Agency. "Now days many people get notifications from other forms of media but we need these sirens, also."

Shepherd spearheaded the drive to get the sirens that were funded from Local Income Tax revenue designated for public safety. The 12 sirens are located at North Vernon, Country Squire Lakes, Scipio, Zenas, Hayden, Butler­ville, Commiskey, Vernon, San Jacinto, the Marion Township Community Center and the Jennings County Fairgrounds.

Wednesday's event will not only test sirens but also emergency communications systems statewide.

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