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Some Question Effectiveness of Wico Tornado Sirens

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SALISBURY, Md.- Those affected by the Monday's tornado in Salisbury said they heard no sirens to alert them.


During Monday's tornado Wicomico's Department of Emergency Services said the 9-11 center activated what they call the citizens alert warning siren twice.


But, those who live in the Roger Street area said not only did they hear no siren, they don't even know what a tornado warning siren sounds like.


"After it went past we heard fire truck sirens no tornado warnings no nothing to be honest I don't know what a tornado warning would sound like because I've never heard one in all my years of living in Salisbury. So, I would not know what a tornado sound, sounds like," said Tia Townsend of Salisbury.


But, Gina Woods Shift Supervisor at the 9-11 center said she was there when the sirens were activated both times on Monday.


Woods said, " The citizens alert siren was activated after the first call that we took it was activated for Salisbury, Fruitland and Allen."


Director of Emergency Services for Wicomico County David Shipley understands some may not know the difference between a fire siren and one used during emergency situations like Monday. But, he said the difference is distinct.


"Its a standard sound for two minutes. The fire service siren are identified as different wobbles up and down and they are different, they are distinctly different."


Shipley said there are 15 sirens located throughout Wicomico County and 13 of them are at fire stations.


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