Early Warning Weather Sirens – a series

This is a series addressing the lack of early warning weather sirens in Montgomery County, Md. The articles were published throughout the summer of 2011, from May to July, and was inspired by the EF5 tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011. Motivation to pursue the story even further was then fueled by the EF3 tornado that hit Springfield, Mass. a few days later on June 1, 2011.

What would happen here?May 25

County leaders debate early warning weather sirensJune 2

Early warning weather system ‘patchwork’ claims state officialJune 9

Federal funds ‘could be’ used for county warning systemJune 16

County council has virtually no stance on safety sirensJune 23

County’s emergency manager brings experience to the jobJuly 7

County’s early warning system draws more questionsJuly 15

County, defends, demonstrates Alert MontgomeryJuly 22


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