Volunteers sought for Adopt-a-Siren Program

2014-05-13T16:11:00Z Volunteers sought for Adopt-a-Siren ProgramContributed by Porter County Emergency Management Agency nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | The Adopt-a-Siren Program is being initiated in Porter County to increase public awareness and interest in the Outdoor Warning Siren system. The program also allows for more accurate and efficient monitoring of the system by interested citizens.

By volunteering to be an outdoor warning siren observer, we hope to receive feedback from you if you witness faulty or abnormal siren activation based on your visual and audible observations. We want to thank you for your interest in the Adopt–a–Siren Program and your willingness to volunteer as a neighborhood outdoor warning siren observer.

What is involved?

As a neighborhood outdoor warning siren observer, it is anticipated that you will have the ability to visually see and hear the siren you “adopt” on most days the sirens are tested. Porter County tests the Outdoor Warning Siren System on the first Tuesday of each month. The sirens are activated at approximately 11:00 AM and they should sound and rotate for up to 30 seconds with a 1 minute pause and then another 30 seconds of wail in which they rotate in circular fashion if they are a single speaker on a pole. If abnormal or faulty siren behavior is observed during a siren test or any other activation, or if you witness a condition that may put the siren at risk of functioning properly (such as a leaning pole or obstructing tree limbs), please report your observations and concerns to us as soon as possible.

Although it would be helpful, you do not have to report on a siren that is operating correctly.

To provide accurate observations we desire that you be out-of-doors when you make your observations and your observing position be no more than 1/4 mile from the siren of interest. Never put yourself or anyone at risk of physical harm when attempting to observe or report siren activation.

Each siren has a number painted on the control box located on the siren pole. When enrolling in the program we require that you first personally verify the siren number on the control box for the siren you are going to adopt and then enroll in the program.

After each sounding of the siren we ask that you go to http://bit.ly/1jydb6aand submit the Siren Report Form.

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