I really think this is going to get someone hurt or worse.
Warning sirens will sound less often in Hamilton County.
Up until early Thursday, the sirens wailed automatically if there was a simultaneous tornado watch and a severe thunderstorm warning.
Now it's up to emergency management officials to decide when to sound them - the result of complaints from residents, increasing frequency of bad weather warnings, and a fear of complacency. It also puts Hamilton County's system in line with Butler and Warren counties, which have long left it to emergency officials' discretion.
"People say they don't listen because they're going off constantly,"
I want to find those people and ask them why they don't value their life or the life of others.
Yesterday a tornado ripped the roof off and destroyed the second floor of a house in Liberty Township with a person on the second level when it happened and no sirens were ever sounded. Liberty Township is in Butler County where they have a similar policy to the one just put in place in Hamilton County.
I just wanted to post this in the hopes that word can get out. I simply can't believe that they are changing the policy, but also changing it in mid-severe weather season.