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Brunswick will turn tornado sirens back on after bad weather
Sirens were taken out of use after hacker attacks six year ago

Lyndsey Schley
Brunswick will have working tornado sirens again after a recent severe storms.
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One Northeast Ohio city is reinstating its tornado sirens after severe storms ripped through the area twice in as many weeks.

Brunswick City Manager Anthony Bales says the Medina County town turned off its sirens about six years ago after hackers got access to the warnings and started setting them off.


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"They created some confusion in the community and really was an annoyance," Bales says. "So they were turned off and the cost to upgrade them at that time was anywhere from $40,000 to $80,000."

Bales says the city opted for a cheaper solution, a system that calls and emails residents when weather warnings are issued.

However, one tornado and another bad storm damaged more 40 houses and raised concerns among residents earlier this summer. The cost to rework the sirens has also dropped to about $25,000, which led the Brunswick City Council this week to vote to get them working again.

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And in your 44 years, what have you done to help Brunswick progress... complain? It's easy to criticize, but harder to make a difference.

Posted by: Southlake (Brunswick) on September 22, 2014 3:09AM
Put the sirens back after the storms, in the mean time just sit and wait for another tornado . That's Brunswick for you lived here 44 years and it has always been the same. No progress!

Posted by: Maryann (Brunswick) on July 30, 2014 11:07AM
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