Allen County cancels tornado siren test

Photograph of tornado siren

The tornado siren test that normally happens throughout Allen County, Indiana at noon on the first Wednesday of every month did not happen today. The Allen County Department of Homeland Security (DHS) notified the Allen County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) this morning that the county would not test sirens today.

ARES Emergency Coordinator Jim Moehring, KB9WWM, did not indicate in an email message why DHS canceled the test. The department, has, however, canceled tests in the past when the weather was rainy, out of fear that citizens might confuse the test with an actual tornado warning.

The National Weather Service activates weather alert radios every Wednesday morning for a weekly test and postpones the weekly test if there is a threat of severe weather on Wednesday. The NWS conducted its weekly test this morning, as usual.