Test of EMA siren fix finds nearly all working
by Brian Anderson
Feb 20, 2013 | 3623 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nearly all of Calhoun County’s outdoor emergency weather sirens functioned properly during a test Wednesday morning, said county Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathan Gaddy.

A joint test of weather sirens at 9 a.m. Wednesday for Talladega and Calhoun counties proved mostly successful after engineers worked last week to fix an apparent malfunction in the two counties’ communication systems.

“We had a really good test and we could see improvements had been made to the system,” Gaddy said. “We still had some sirens that failed to function properly, and we’ll continue to work with McCord Communications on fixing those problems.” McCord is a contractor that maintains the communications system.

Gaddy said of the county’s 108 sirens, 105 functioned properly during the test. In Talladega County, 72 of 86 sirens were working Wednesday morning.

A glitch in the 800 MHz communication system between the two counties’ weather sirens was detected during a routine test earlier this month. Because the sirens operate on the same channel, data was lost when both counties’ systems were operating at the same time. Engineers have worked to open up more channels on the system as well as allow an overlap of data on channels.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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