Computer glitch blamed in Talladega, Calhoun siren problems

Computer glitch blamed in Talladega, Calhoun siren problems

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EMA officials discovered a glitch when both Talladega and Calhoun counties tested their sirens last week. Source: WBRC video EMA officials discovered a glitch when both Talladega and Calhoun counties tested their sirens last week. Source: WBRC video
TALLADEGA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

EMA officials are blaming a computer glitch for the failure of warning sirens in two east Alabama counties.

When Talladega and Calhoun countis held their monthly siren tests at the same time last week, all of Calhoun County's sirens were silent. So were half of the ones in Talladega.

The glitch revealed both counties could have problems if they ever had to issue tornado warnings at the same time. Both counties have different siren systems that have to communicate with the same 800 megahertz system.

Internet techs and service providers are investigating and testing out computers and internet connections.

"The prime site for Talladega County is in Jacksonville, so by the time date and voice go to Jacksonville and back, you know, it just all bottlenecked, is what we understood," Scott Murphree with Talladega EMA said.

EMA officials in both counties urge people not to rely on outdoor sirens. Instead, they say you should pay more attention to television reports, weather radios and smartphone text alerts.

You can sign up for a free alert service offered by the state, SAF-T-Net here:

http://www.myfoxal.com/story/16991898/saf-t-net-alerts

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