Warning sirens are meaningful and useful. We followed the procedure in activating the sirens throughout St. Clair County.
Your recent editorial failed to quote the entire statement from me, "Yes, a tornado path is unpredictable." We have seen time and time again, recently in Oklahoma, that several people lost their lives, The same evening in Missouri several communities were damaged.
I explained to the reporter that within just a few minutes after the first sighting, a second confirmed sighting from a police officer in Fayetteville was reported. That prompted another activation of the warning system. I explained that we activate them when we receive information from the National Weather Service or a confirmed sighting from our first responders.
The paper would like for you to believe that we should only activate them for the community in the path of it. I disagree. Too many times I have witnessed the television weather person predict a warning and it passes by. Does that mean we stop watching the weather report?
The reporter asked if I was concerned about the boy crying wolf too many times. I informed her that when it comes to life and property, maybe people need to get their head out of the sand.
I wish the paper would stop asking us to play games with people's lives and property. Being warned early has proven to be beneficial.
Director, St. Clair County CENCOM 911 Belleville