Franklin County tested the entire tornado siren network today during a statewide drill at 9:50 a.m. At the same time, schools and businesses were encouraged to participate in safety drills to practice what to do in the event of the issuance of a tornado warning.
Franklin County Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security director Michael Pannell reported that the test of 195 sirens in Franklin County this morning indicated only one non-rotating siren in Huber Ridge, in the northeast part of Columbus. Pannell said contractors are dispatched within 24 hours if a siren is not operating properly.
This summer an additional 10 sirens purchased by the city of Columbus will be installed to help fill small coverage gaps on the east and southwest sides of town.
Every Wednesday at noon, the outdoor warning system manager at Franklin County EMA activates a siren test by pushing keys, directing the radio to send a signal to a repeater that reaches all 195 county sirens. Diagnostics reveal any problems with batteries, speaker drivers and radio signals, which are addressed within 24 hours.