Early morning siren malfunction still confounds Fort Worth officials

Early morning siren malfunction still confounds Fort Worth officials

One of the 153 emergency sirens in Fort Worth that went off mistakenly on Oct. 18, 2012. (Credit: WFAA)

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 20 at 11:41 AM

 FORT WORTH – Fort Worth officials are still trying to figure out what went wrong to cause the entire emergency warning siren system to activate about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.    

City leaders say 153 sirens blared a false alarm across the city. On Friday afternoon, officials continued to focus on a control box that monitors and controls the system.    

It sits in a rack of equipment in the Emergency Operations Center. Emergency management coordinator Juan Ortiz said they have been unable to replicate the problem. 

The city has sent data from the box to the manufacturer to be analyzed. If it cannot be diagnosed, Ortiz says the unit will be replaced.   

Meanwhile, Ortiz says the system would still function in case of a real emergency.  He says it’s just a matter of switching the system from “standby” mode to “ready” mode, which takes only a few seconds.  

City officials recommend that residents sign up with Nixle, which will send alerts through text and email.

Email jdouglas@wfaa.com

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