Johnstown residents say tornado sirens were slow to activate Monday

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JOHNSTOWN, Ohio (WCMH) — For the past few years Johnstown has had issues with their tornado sirens which were believed to have been fixed in March.

During Monday nights tornado warning, people living there say the sirens went off very late, and they say it is unacceptable.

“I got the notification on my phone well before the sirens,” said Natalie Thomas of Johnstown. “I think it was at least a half an hour.”

It just another issue with tornado sirens in Licking County.

Karen Gray, who has lived in the town for more than 50 years said these sirens are an extra layer of notification and security.

“I don’t want to have to rely on my cell phone,” said Gray. “What if it’s turned off you know. I don’t want to have to rely on it. I want to rely on the sirens.”

She said these issues have been going on too long.

“I’m just frustrated with the issues. Why can’t they get them fixed, like I said it’s been two years.”

This time the sirens worked but it was well after Monday night’s tornado warning was issued.

It left Gray not sure what was going on.

According to the Village of Johnstown’s Facebook post, the issue was a malfunction in the Licking County EMA’s system that didn’t send an automatic start to the sirens.

NBC4 reached out to the Sean Grady, the Licking County EMA director, who declined an interview but did say the sirens worked when they manually tested them.

As to how many sirens in the county weren’t triggered on time or if this problem is permanently resolved, those questions were not answered.

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