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Montgomery County Cities With Tornado Sirens

MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- We are right in the middle of tornado season here in Ohio. It normally goes from April through July.

When there's a tornado on the way, you want to be prepared to take cover.

"I don't like anything to happen without a warning. It would be nice to know that something is coming before it happens," said Tom Groves of Dayton.
 
Of the 18 cities in Montgomery County, 11 of them have tornado sirens. While most people in the county will be able to hear the siren when a tornado comes by, there are a few blank spots.  Dayton, for example, chose not to have any.

Brookville
Carlisle
Centerville
Clayton
Dayton
Englewood
Germantown
Huber Heights
Kettering
Miamisburg
Moraine
Oakwood
Riverside
Springboro
Trotwood
Union
Vandalia
West Carrollton

Villages
Farmersville
New Lebanon
Phillipsburg
Verona

Townships
Butler Township
Clay Township
German Township
Harrison Township
Jackson Township
Jefferson Township
Miami Township
Perry Township
Washington Township

The jurisdictions in bold have a tornado siren. We spoke with cities not on this list -- like Beavercreek and Bellbrook -- on why they chose not to have a tornado siren.

The common answer is finances.  For something that can cost nearly a half million dollars, each jurisdiction has to weigh the pros and cons.

"The cost of installation and maintenance can be expensive. Plus they are limited in effectiveness for people inside a houses not near the siren," said Bellbrook City Manager Mark Schlagheck.

"It's easier for cities with income taxes," said Dave Beach of Beavercreek Public Works. "Beavercreek has limited resources. Individuals can buy weather radios and do it for very cheap."

"There's concern that they're not effective in the first place. In particular we find people that are not outdoors do not hear them," said Dayton Fire Department Senior Paramedic David Gerstner. "There is also a fair amount of evidence of people who do hear them don't pay attention to them. And a big issue simply came down to money they are expensive to purchase they are expensive to maintain. The ones the city had at one time required a lot of maintenance.

It's 2013 and there are obviously several ways for you to learn about a tornado. You can watch us on TV, you can also use our applications on your phone. But some feel just because there are more options doesn't mean you need to do away with the traditional siren.

"I think they are because if the power is out you might not hear it on your TV," said Jackie Seiler, who lives next to a siren.

"The cost to maintain them is well worth the price for the security they provide the residents so I see them long into the future Washington Township," Fire Department Deputy Chief Jim Neidhard said. "When you look at some of the devastation from some of the recent tornadoes perhaps the sirens could've made a difference, I don't know one way or another, but why take the risk?"

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