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Emergency sirens are broken in West Frankfort

A siren located in West Frankfort near the Old Fire Station. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) A siren located in West Frankfort near the Old Fire Station. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
The West Frankfort Police Department broadcasts the signal that sets off the sirens.  (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) The West Frankfort Police Department broadcasts the signal that sets off the sirens. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
WEST FRANKFORT, IL (KFVS) - The Emergency Weather Siren System in West Frankfort, Illinois is currently broken.

The sirens are used to warn the community of severe weather and tornadoes.

The system is more than 15 years old, according to Ryan Buckingham from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

The City tests the system every month. Last Tuesday, when the system was tested, the sirens didn't sound.

West Frankfort's Mayor Tom Jordan said the city is working to fix the broken system but is having trouble finding the parts.

Buckingham from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency said that a new siren could cost more than $20,000. The City of West Frankfort manages six emergency sirens including one in a nearby city of Orient.

Buckingham said the problem lies in the equipment that sends the signal to the sirens and the equipment that receives the signal.

Jason York, an amateur storm photographer from West Frankfort, said he is worried.

“I think it makes me feel uncomfortable," York said. "If people don't know it,   then they're just going to assume nothings happening.”

York said even when the sirens work, people sometimes don't take them seriously.

“I think a lot of people may hear tornado siren, they just assume it's not going to happen to them," York said.  "But that's exactly how people find themselves in a position where their in trouble.”

If you don't have access to the internet, TV, or a smart phone, you may want to consider investing in a weather radio.

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