Sirens sounding: Brunswick approves tornado siren upgrades and repairs

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BRUNSWICK — The Brunswick City Council voted Monday night to spend $24,500 for repairs and upgrades to its tornado sirens after a series of severe storms and tornado touchdowns this year.

The sirens went silent in 2008 after hackers kept triggering the alarms in the middle of the night, awaking residents and causing panic.

The city switched to a Code Red or Reverse 911 call alert system, but residents raised questions after severe weather this year.

“How many times do you see tornadoes spawn a second tornado? Or initially, a tornado will hit, and it’s already taken down power lines or phone lines, rendering your reverse 911 call totally useless?” said resident Don Keister.

Residents say they had little warning before a tornado touched down on June 23, destroying and damaging several homes.

“Now, $24,000, it’s a safety measure we really needed. I’m glad we got it back,” said Keister.

The repairs and upgrades will affect eight sirens, including six in the city and two in the township.

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