The storm siren in West Unity is out of commission, and West Unity Village Administrator Ric Beals, according to the Bryan Times, told the Williams County Commissioners on Monday that it’s beyond repair.
According to Beals, replacing it with a new one would cost the village $21,000, and that money just isn’t in the budget.
There is a solution however, and it’s actually a step up. West Unity is going digital with a villageiwide instant alert system.
It works like this…
When the National Weather Service issues a warning, every phone in town will ring with a pre-recorded message.
Beals told the commissioners that other counties already use that type of system, and it can get the warnings out faster than the old fashioned sirens can even be activated. It can even be tailored to only alert a specific area if necessary.
Land lines will be automatically registered, but if you want to receive the alerts on your cell phone, you will have to sign up. There is no charge either way for residents, and the village will only pay $1,875 annually to operate the system… even less if more communities join in, because then the costs can be shared.