Areas without sirens cause some confusion during storms

Public safety officials say storm sirens are good to notify large amounts of people, but you shouldn't rely on only one source of notification.  

The Department of Public Safety sounded the storm sirens for the areas that have sirens to set off, however, Millcreek, the city of Erie, and East County; areas in the direct path of last night's storm; do not have any sirens to sound.

The Erie County Assistant 9-1-1 Coordinator, John Durlin, says the sirens are a great tool, but should not be solely what people rely on in an emergency, especially now, with instant alerts through cell phones.  "If there's severe weather, whether or not there's a warning or a storm siren activation, you should still take precautions. Obviously, if you look outside and it seems like severe weather; that's a good time to take precautions."

Durlin says the sirens are tested quarterly.
 


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