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Porter Co EMA launches New Volunteer Program

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Most people have probably heard of those popular Adopt-a-Highway programs, which can be found in pratcially every community across the country.  Well now there's a comparably named program in Porter County for weather warning sirens.  There are over 50 warning sirens located throughout Porter County, during the last monthly test two sirens reportedly malfunctioned in Kouts.  To ensure all sirens will work when needed, the county's Emergency Management Agency is innitiating an Adopt-a-siren program. 
Agency Communication Leader Matthew Melton told the Region News Team , "Porter County EMA has taken back over the maintaining of the tornado sirens so, we're looking for residents in the community who live near a siren that can listen for it when we do our test the first Tuesday of the month, and go online and fill out that form to let us know the siren did go off.  For those interested in participating in the program Melton says that they must first personally verify the siren number located on the control box of the siren to be adopted.
To provide accurate observations the agency desires that participants be out-of-doors when making the observations and that the observation position is no more than a quarter mile from the siren of interest.  Of course, never put yourself or anyone else into risk of physical harm when attempting to observe or report siren activation.
By volunteering to be an outdoor warning siren observer, the Porter County Emerency Management Agency says it hopes to receive feedback from observers who may witness a faulty or abnormal siren activation based on visual and audible observations.  Melton says, "We want to thank you for your interest in the Adopt-a-Siren program and your willingness to volunteer as a neighborhood outdoor warning siren observer.
You can view a list of siren locations as well as enroll in the program by visiting the following link: 
https://docs.google.com/a/crownpointlibrary.org/forms/d/1LsMYVSptZnnJSZ8XKO1tdll6FDIzun27pLnlN1W9SmA/viewform
(photo/National Weather Service)


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