The horns are fewer, but the band louder.
That is one way of describing the early warning situation in Centralia.
The week of March 4 the city’s six 22-plus years old early warning sirens were replaced by three brand new storm sirens.
Bob Bias, chief of the Centralia Police Department, and Heather Russell, Centralia city administrator both said the three modern sirens would provide more coverage and save Centralia’s taxpayers more money than keeping the six old sirens they replaced.
“The newest of the six old sirens was 22 years old,” Bias said. “And we really only had five working ones. One of them was struck by lightning a year ago and the city could not find the parts to fix it.”
One aspect of the change the two officials wanted people to understand is the sirens are meant to be heard by people outdoors.
For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.