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Hatboro to Begin Sounding Tornado Siren

The monthly tests will begin Sept. 3 and be carried out the first Saturday of every month.

It’s a test, only a test. 

Beginning Sept. 3 and continuing each month, Hatboro will try out its tornado siren. With any luck, the monthly testing will be the only time residents hear the fire siren in civil defense mode.

“That siren has a different mode to it,” Hatboro Police Chief James Gardner said. “It’s a steady tone rather than an up and down.”

In the event of a tornado, Gardner said the siren could be activated either at the police station or at Enterprise Fire Company. The siren would sound for three minutes during emergency situations, as compared to the one-minute sounding slated for Sept. 3 at noon. Officials said drills would be carried out the first Saturday of every month at noon.

Borough Councilwoman Aleta Ostrander said the idea is to make the tornado siren sound “familiar” to the public.

Once thought to be a weather emergency reserved for the Midwest, Gardner noted that local tornado sightings, or suspected tornadoes, have become more commonplace lately. Earlier this summer, . If a tornado should reach the borough, officials say they hope to be prepared – at least in terms of notifying the public. 

“When we get a warning, it’s important to get the word out to people,” Gardner said.

Another help in keeping residents and business owners informed, Gardner said, is to consider purchasing a weather alert radio. At just $20 or $40, he said the money would be well spent in the event of an emergency. 

See attached PDF for tornado safety tips from the American Red Cross.

MJG August 22, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Another brilliant idea out of Hatboro.
Bill Godshall August 23, 2011 at 08:32 PM
MJG- Sounds as if you don't like Hatboro or the idea and, that's ok, we are all entitled to our opinion but, at least have the b---s to sign your name.
MJG August 23, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Bill I have the same right anonymity as you. Do you have a problem with equality or is equality only for the few? BTW how does b-ll size matter? Was the siren sounded today? Get a clue.
J.R. sr August 24, 2011 at 12:25 PM
MJG...why would Hatboro sound a tornado siren for an earthquake? I just dont understand, if Hatboro thinks it is a good idea to have a tornado siren.....who cares?
Bill Godshall August 24, 2011 at 06:05 PM
MJG--Of course you have a right to anonymity but, I signed my name, and what does that have to do with equality. I have to agree with Justin, why would the tornado warning sound for an earthquake. I think you need to wake-up read posts correctly and, then get a clue.
MJG August 24, 2011 at 06:28 PM
Bill, because you sign your name do you feel your opinion is more valid? It is not. Justin’s post hits it on the head. “Who cares.” (see billy I do read the posts....do you?) Tornado or earthquake are you kidding me? Are either a consistent threat to our area? Why don’t we use the siren for flooding and all natural disasters? Again get a clue. Might as well use it for a tsunami too. Most people will ignore it anyway.
Marti N June 02, 2012 at 01:40 PM
It sure worked on 6/1/12. Thank you Hatboro Enterprise Fire -- it warned us before the weather channel did. Heard that a tornado actually touched down, but not too sure of the validity of that statement. No doubt we will be ready if we hear that siren again!

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