Brunswick debates outdoor warning sirens

BRUNSWICK, Ohio -- Severe summer storms have taken their toll on Medina County, especially Brunswick.

City Council had a public meeting Monday evening to discuss whether to bring back warning sirens.

The city shut down its tornado sirens six years ago after a hacker gained access to the system and kept setting them off.

Brunswick currently uses a service called CodeRED that provides reverse 911 alerts to home and cell phones.

However, residents must sign up for the warnings.

Councilman Brian Ousley said he has tried for years to bring the sirens back online. "For two and a half years I've been told it's been budgets, it's been money. For two and a half years, we could have been putting money back to fix the issues."

Over the next few weeks crews will inspect the old sirens to see if they can be repaired.

The council committee will then get estimates of how much it would cost to restore the system.


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