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Sirens failed to sound for Outagamie County TornadoesSubmitted: 08/19/2013
Story By Associated Press

APPLETON - Storms tore through Northeast Wisconsin two weeks ago.

Now reports say storm policies were broken.

An internal memo says Outagamie County emergency personnel had ample time and reason to sound the sirens when storms tore through the Fox Valley this month, and broke county policy by failing to do so.

Public Safety Committee Chairman James Duncan released a sheriff's department timeline Sunday following news reports detailing problems with the response to the August 6th and 7th storm.

County policy states that if an officer witnesses a tornado or strong winds, the sirens are to be activated.

Media reports say the damage reports coming into the 911 center were a clear indication to activate the sirens.

Duncan's committee recommended Friday that the county's emergency management director be disciplined and possibly fired.

No one was killed, but the storm caused 31 million dollars in damage in Outagamie County.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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