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Shorewood replaces equipment following emergency siren false alarm

Brock A. Stein | 5/18/2016, 1:38 p.m.
Second shift workers set off the outside alarm which the police chief said was due to faulty equipment.
A warning siren similar to this one is being purchased for the village of Shorewood's emergency notification system. www.crh.noaa.gov

Shorewood officials have replaced some emergency alert equipment following the unintended sounding of an emergency siren in the village last week.

The siren was set off around 10 minutes to midnight on May 7 said Police Chief Aaron Klima who said that horns also were activated in nearby Channahon, Braidwood and Wilmington

Klima said that a night shift crew was training and put in the codes for the sirens but did not key in the command to activate the alarms.

“It was an accident,” said Klima who said that a piece of faulty equipment that could have been to blame has been replaced.

“Nobody can explain it so the device has been replaced,” he said.

“Hopefully it will never happen again.”

Because the system is also part of the early warning system for the Dresden nuclear power station, reports were also made to the nuclear regulatory commission, said Klima.

He said that the police department considered sending out a reverse 9-1-1 message to the village but decided against it because of the late hour.

“Not everybody heard it,” he said, “and we didn’t want to wake the people who didn’t hear it.”