Johnson County Sirens All In Working Order After Partial Test Failure

By Mark Carlson, Reporter


By Mark Carlson

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Johnson County officials say all tornado sirens are in working order after some of them failed to sound during a drill Wednesday morning. An estimated 15 of the counties roughly 60 sirens didn’t initially sound after activation, Johnson County emergency management coordinator Dave Wilson said.

“The reason we test systems is to make sure we don’t have any failures,” said Wilson. “Oddly enough we did have some failures.”

The partial failure of the county-wide system is being blamed on a software issue. Wilson said the back-up system was quickly activated, which triggered a successful test of all the sirens.

“Right now we’ll use the backup system,” he said. The county is working to address the issue with the primary system, but Wilson said the public shouldn’t be concerned.

“Ultimately our system worked,” He said. “That’s why we have the backup.”

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