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Kent siren test creates confusion

City to re-evaluate procedure following Wednesday storms

By ANDREW BUGEL Staff Writer Published: April 21, 2017 4:00 AM

Kent officials plan to evaluate their procedures on testing emergency sirens after a test on Wednesday during a storm caused confusion.

City Manager Dave Ruller said he spoke with Kent Police Chief Michelle Lee about the issue on Thursday morning.

"Chief Lee and I met this morning to discuss our emergency siren procedures and we regret any confusion that this week's siren test may have created," Ruller said. "The way our emergency siren policy is written, the sirens are scheduled to be tested at 6:30 each Wednesday evening but the on-duty police supervisor has the authority to defer a test if the supervisor believes that sounding the siren may create unnecessary concern."

Ruller said the sirens will be upgraded later in the year.

"Later this year we will be completing an upgrade of our emergency siren system which will allow voice messages to be broadcast over the siren," Ruller said. "With that new capacity we anticipate being able to test the siren with a voice message that states 'This is only a test.' In a real event the full siren would be used but we would also have the ability using the voice mode to offer specific safety advice over the sirens as well."

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Crestwood387 Apr 25, 2017 11:44 PM

The sirens should go out when their is a threat of Severe Storms. They are as bad as Tornados. Kent (as well as Ravenna) should test their sirens once a month instead of twice month. Many communities their their sirens once a month at 12PM on the forst Saturdays of every month. Kent doesn't need voiceover sirens Kent (as well as Ravenna and all of Portage County) should install Sentry 40V2t Sirens. (Seehttp://www.sentrysiren.com/warning-sirens-products/outdoor-warning-sirens/siren-40v2t/ )