Sirens not just for tornadoes anymore
ELBURN—The next time you hear a siren in Elburn, it may not be a tornado warning.
Earlier this year, village trustee Dave Gualdoni, who works with the village’s Community Emergency Response Team, and Police Chief Steve Smith, revised the village’s outdoor warning siren policy to include the siren’s use for severe thunderstorm warnings issued by the National Weather Service, with winds of at least 70 miles per hour or golf-ball-sized hail.
Gualdoni, who had come to Village Hall to set off the siren during a recent severe weather event, told Village Board members that he wanted to get the word out to residents about the change, as well as to answer any questions or concerns they had about the policy. Some residents had been confused about the use of the siren, when there had not been the possibility of a tornado.
Gualdoni said he was not only concerned about residents’ safety in the case of a tornado, but also that strong storms, especially those with lightening, high winds, and large hail, could pose a danger, especially for those out in an open ball field.
Board members were in general agreement about the policy change. Trustee Bill Grabarek asked if the siren might also be used for other emergencies, such as a derailed train and possible hazardous material spill.
Trustee Pat Schuberg said that, just as every family should have a plan for what to do and where to go in case of an emergency, it would also behoove the village to have a plan.
The siren is tested on the first Tuesday at 10 a.m. of each month to ensure that it continues to work properly.
updated Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m.