Johnson County to retest outdoor warning system

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Johnson County in eastern Iowa will retest its outdoor warning system after more than a dozen sirens failed to activate during an earlier test run.

The sirens will be retested Wednesday morning to ensure the problem that caused the failure has been fixed. Officials had initially planned to skip this month’s test run, but changed their minds because of the failure.

Cedar Rapids station KCRG ( ) reports the sirens failed to sound right away last week during a test that was part of a national week about severe weather. Emergency officials say a software upgrade was to blame.

The outdoor system alerts the public about a tornado warning or an attack.


Information from: KCRG-TV,

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