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Apparently one procedural failure after another, Kenton County Judge Executive Kris Knochelmann concedes
May 23, 2017
Kenton County sirens issue caused by procedural failure
Kenton County KY government has published its report on sirens not being sounded during recent severe storms Northern Kentucky News reports.
Apparently one procedural failure after another, Kenton County Judge Executive Kris Knochelmann concedes.
Kenton County Emergency Communications Center (KCECC) did receive the Tornado Warning at 6:58 AM on the day of the big storm, but did not realized the severity of the warning.
"The message was not immediately recognized as a priority message and the Storm Sirens were not activated," Knochelmann conceded in a written statement.
The statement noted redundancy mechanisms in place failed as well, for example:
One of the two Weather Alert Radios within the center was unplugged and stored away; the Radio that was
in service didnít receive the alert.
The televisions placed within the communications center were not on the correct channels to receive the
Tornado Warnings being broadcasted by the local television networks.
Some of the dispatchers within the center did receive the warnings on their cellular weather phones, however not all of them. This caused confusion relating to the legitimacy of the alert received, as they didnít all
receive it. The cellular network issue was addressed earlier in this memo.
Public servant Knochelmann says new procedures have been put in place. He did not note if the personnel at the communications center were fired for
dereliction of duty.
More information from Kenton County government Link
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