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District 16

Alder Michael J. Tierney

Alder Michael J. Tierney

Alder Michael J. Tierney

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Home Address:

4534 Secret Garden Dr
McFarland , WI 53558

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Tierney’s Updates

Weather Radios and Sirens - more information

June 23, 2014 8:24 PM

I recently posted an email from Rob Phillips, City Engineerer concerning sirens.  I received questions and went back to Rob for further understanding.  Scott and I currently do not own a weather radio, but I will be purchasing one very soon, Rob has convinced me;)

I also went out the the County's website - see below- and found it helpful.  

If you don't already own a weather radio, please consider purchasing one.




Alder Demarb,

It should stressed that the sirens are an Outdoor Warning System and is not intended to warn people inside their homes although some may hear them if they're home is within a few hundred feet of the siren.  The system is designed for those out in the yard, taking a walk, out for a bike ride, not mowing the yard, etc.

This is why I think we must encourage our residents to obtain a weather radio.  They are a major advancement in advanced warning systems and will save countless lives.  If I can convince you of one thing with this conversation I hope it is the importance of the weather radio. If we don't have one in our homes, we are at a tremendous disadvantage. 

Weather radios are in fact affordable.  You can get them for as cheap as $25.  Public agencies occasionally sell them at cost at special sales.  They can be programmed for multiple alert types including those of lesser severity.  You can also program them for a single county or for multiple counties.  They should have a battery backup and will wake you up in the middle of the night

The sirens have a fixed decibel rating and there is no volume control.  Your alder district has 5 of the largest sirens we put in without going up one level that would surely cause complaints that it is too loud.  We only have one larger and that is located out at the American Parkway area in an area not close to residents. 

Texting is only as good as the setting on your phone, your phone itself, and the app you are using.  My families phones worked during the storm and that is great when you're out and about.  When you're home, especially in the middle of the night, nothing beats a weather radio in my opinion. 

You may want to review the DCEM web site or talk further with Dave Janda with Dane County Emergency Management (266-5950).

This web page discusses in more detail the things we are discussing here. 


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