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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Two of three sirens return to service

  • Two of three units in the city’s 16-unit outdoor warning siren system that twice failed to sound last month have been returned to service, according to John Hark, the city’s emergency management director.


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  • Two of three units in the city’s 16-unit outdoor warning siren system that twice failed to sound last month have been returned to service, according to John Hark, the city’s emergency management director.
    A representative from Global Technologies, the company from which the city’s newest sirens were purchased almost a decade ago, came to Hannibal late last week to work on the sirens that had failed to activate earlier this month during a city-wide test (March 1) and again during the state’s annual tornado drill (March 10).
    “We went out - the BPW, myself and 911 - and did some tests. We could not get them to work so I had to call Global Technologies,” said Hark.
    By the end of the day, sirens on Lindsey Drive and at Route 168 and Woodland Trail were back in service, according to Hark.
    “One had a fuse blown in the circuit board,” he said. “The other we could find nothing wrong with. Everything tested out fine today.”
    The siren that remained out of service was in Oakwood.
    “He (technician) had to take the circuit board out of it. It looked like maybe lightning got it,” said Hark.
    Hark is not surprised that problems occasionally crop up with the siren system.
    “You always hope they’re all going to work. These things went through a tough winter and they sit out in the weather. They’re like lightning rods standing in the air - anything can happen to them. That’s what we do tests for, to see if everything is working. If they don’t we’ll try to go about getting them repaired,” he said. “It’s about an eight-year-old system. It’s starting to show some wear and tear.”
     

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