Lack of Sirens Prompt Closer Look at Storm Warning Policy
Orland Park did not sound its tornado sirens, because conditions did not warrant, as per Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management standards. But should they reexamine the policy?
Residents concerned over a lack of storm sirens during severe weather June 30 have prompted Orland Park officials to take another look at their severe weather notification systems.
Last week's storms—which included two bouts of derecho winds—did bring tornadoes, including one in Plainfield. But the conditions in Orland Park were not enough to set off the tornado sirens as currently established by Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management procedures.
When storms hit and the National Weather Service issues a severe weather warning, Orland Park police deploy trained weather spotters to keep an eye on the conditions. Officials won't sound the siren unless a tornado or funnel cloud is spotted within five miles. Other area towns tripped the sirens as precaution, Deputy Chief Thomas Kenealy told the Tribune.
The village also counts on a phone alert system, along with its Facebook page, to keep residents informed in cases of severe weather.