BRUNSWICK, OH (WOIO) - The City of Brunswick is trying to decide whether to reactivate tornado sirens in this area. They haven't been used in years. This comes on the heels of massive damage when tornadoes touched down here in Brunswick.
Severe winds tore through Brunswick last month, ripping off the roofs and siding from multiple homes. Damages are estimated in the thousands. Luckily, no one was hurt or killed.
Tornado sirens have been deactivated here after someone hacked into the system six years ago and set off the sirens in the middle of the night.
"You guys need to go ahead and appropriate the money. I mean it's not going to cost anymore to bring this system back online than what we blew up in 10 minutes on those fireworks the other night," said one concerned citizen.
"What it costs you to re encrypt this and put safeguards in place is actually, very, very small compared to the loss of just one person," another resident said.
Citizens spoke about the topic at a city council meeting Monday night. But city officials say the recent tornadoes caught everyone by surprise.
"It took the weathermen by surprise. It took us by surprise," said Robert Marok, with the city's Information Technology department. "Given the last two episodes of tornadoes actually in the city, we don't determine when to set them off. The National Weather Service does. And based on the National Weather Service's own signaling to us, we wouldn't have turned them on when the tornado actually hit the city."
City officials are gathering estimates on what it would cost to use the sirens again. The price tag could be $60,000 or more. City council is expected to get recommendations on the issue in two weeks.
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