By Joseph Pratt
When Porter Township purchased the new community center and sold their old one on Gallia Pike, a part of the agreement was that they would relocate the storm warning and fire siren, which was housed on top of the center.
When the Porter Township Board of Trustees decided to move the siren to the new community center, they also looked into updating the siren with a newer and more efficient model.
The new siren has been placed on an 80-foot pole, at the Porter Township Road and Bridge Garage.
The trustees decided on the new location out of simplicity; they already owned the building and it was in a good location.
“It just made sense,” Porter Township Chairman Dave Hayden said. “Instead of using a different entity or purchasing a new piece of property, we just used what we had. The distance from it and the old one isn’t that significant anyways.”
The new siren is more advanced, louder and offers a wider range.
“The new siren rotates, it is a lot louder and it meets the new FCC (Federal Communications Commission) requirements,” Hayden said. “The old siren had been there for many, many years and since we had to relocate it, we thought it would just be best to update it while we were doing that.”
The new siren is also now linked to the 911 system and National Weather Service, so when a storm or tornado warning is announced in the township, the siren is instantly set off.
“This service offers a quicker response time to alert residents of pending weather issues,” Hayden said. “Also, by the ability to rotate, the siren has a farther reach.”
Porter sirens are tested every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The weather sirens are also tested on a monthly basis during storm season, which will continue all summer.
More information on Porter Township can be obtained by calling 740-574-4245.
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