The test of sirens around Sedgwick County during Tuesday’s statewide tornado drill wasn’t free of glitches, officials said Wednesday.
Sirens in Colwich didn’t sound at all during the 1:30 p.m. test. County officials blamed “a radio problem” for the malfunction. The problem was corrected, and the sirens worked when tested again at 2:15 p.m.
In Wichita, “we had some issues that we already knew about,” Sedgwick County Emergency Management director Randy Duncan said.
The siren at 13th and Rock did not activate because crews were installing the new signal receiver as the test was being conducted.
The siren at Central and Tyler did not sound because it has just been installed and hadn’t been hooked up to Westar service yet at the time of the test, Duncan said.
Officials received mixed messages from residents near a siren in Park City.
“Some of our calls indicated the device worked and others were adamant that it did not work,” Duncan said via e-mail.
That siren is slated to be replaced by one of the 27 new devices being installed in the countywide warning system, he said. Those 27 will be among the 147 sirens outfitted with software that allows officials to activate only those sirens in the path of approaching severe weather.
Along with testing the sirens on Tuesday, emergency management officials checked a random sample of 25 sirens to confirm they had functioned normally.
“Some of them had been ‘problem children’ over the last several months,” Duncan said.
All 25 worked properly, he said.