Upgraded emergency warning siren coming to Hymera

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HYMERA, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Hymera is finally getting an upgrade to its emergency warning siren in early March. An automatic weather warning siren for the community has been needed for many years — previously, a firefighter had to start it manually. Now, it will be automatically triggered by Sullivan County 911 dispatchers whenever there’s a warning.

Hymera Fire Department Captain Estel Shidler said they approached the Township Trustee, who inserted it in a budget approved by the Advisory Board.

“Safety is always important,” Shidler said. “Our community and our citizens are number one. Whether it be severe weather, whether it be a fire, whether it be a medical emergency, that’s what our department and our community is about.”

Shidler is looking forward to taking part in testing the siren during Severe Weather Awareness Week.

“So please,” he said, “when the siren goes off and it’s severe weather, a watch has been issued, then a warning, the siren has been sounded, please, please take cover.”

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