Hutchinson moving to a remote system to trigger storm sirens

April 21, 2018 - 2:30 am

In the event of an emergency, sirens can often be the difference between life and death. But the City of South Hutchinson is now warning residents not to count on them, at least, for now.

Hutchinson City Administrator Matt Stiles said the city is in the middle of upgrading the software and equipment that triggers the city’s storm sirens. He said that the city is in the process of moving onto a remote monitoring system, that would allow all of the sirens to be fired remotely at the law enforcement center.

While the upgrade is being completed, the city will be forced to have an employee manually activate the sirens, something that could take a few minutes longer.

Some people think the delay in activation is concerning.

The city is encouraging residents to watch their local weather stations, use weather radios and install a weather app onto your phone.

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