Tornado Response Investigated
WTVQ Channel 36
Nov 8, 13:07 PM EST
Investigators are trying to figure out why Evansville, Indiana's main police and fire dispatch center radios failed to pick up a tornado alert. The National Weather Service alert came ten minutes before a twister struck, killing 22 people and leaving scores injured. The signals are supposed to be picked up by special radios that are sold at electronics stores. Meanwhile... some 200 people feared missing from a mobile home park have all been accounted for.
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11-13-2005, 09:28 PM #1
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Tornado Response Investigated!Always a day late and a dollar short!
11-13-2005, 11:19 PM #2
I hope it just malfunctioned and it wasn't someone that didn't want to listen to it and turned it off. When I worked for DEP, I always made sure I had multiple ways of receiving weather alerts. I would get them over the NOAA alert, the USCG radio, my cell phone text messages, and the TV. Saved our buts on a few occasions, I couldn't imagine not having it and just getting pummled without any notice.Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.
11-15-2005, 01:42 AM #3
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So, were you saying that the citizens noaa weather radio's did not pick up the warning and the dispatchers did not get it either?FF I
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11-15-2005, 05:25 AM #4
I hate to play devil's advocate, but would it have made a difference considering the time the storm came through (in the middle of the night)?
11-15-2005, 09:37 AM #5
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The way I see it, early response is important. Having been in not one, but two, tornadoes (and I mean IN) an earlier notification would have been nice, regardless of what time it is. It is the responsibility of public servants to get these notifications out. I don't know why the warning wasn't received, so I will hold comments on that until facts are released.
If there was one person out of the 22 who perished that was up late watching the boob tube, they could have gotten the warning and possibly found a better shelter from the storm and that would have made a difference.
Not that you don't value life (if you didn't, you probably wouldn't risk yours), but to me, even one life is worth every effort, and that would make a difference to me.
11-15-2005, 04:41 PM #6
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The Evansville (IN) dispatch center received the tornado warning via the Weather Service at 1:50 am. The Henderson (KY) dispatch also received the warning and both agencies activated the emergency warning sirens immediately after.
The problem was with some of the personal weather stations failed to activate.
11-15-2005, 06:11 PM #7
11-15-2005, 08:54 PM #8Originally Posted by cozmosis
I certainly did not mean to imply that this was acceptable.
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