Outagamie County Storm Siren Investigation
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APPLETON, Wis.- An independent investigation is being called for when it comes to storm warning sirens in Outagamie County. At the center of the controversy is the county's Emergency Management office.
A special closed session meeting was held today on the August 7th storms and the response of emergency personnel. In the end, both the Public Safety Committee and the Outagamie County Counsel decided that an independent third party should examine the issue.
Today's closed door meeting was called by the chair of the Public Safety Committee, Jim Duncan.
"As head of Public Safety I'm responsible for the welfare and safety of people in the county," said Duncan.
He wants to know why sirens didn't go off to warn people of dangerous storms approaching and he's taking direct aim at the county's emergency management team.
"I had asked about the possibility of having employees going on paid administrative leave," said Duncan.
Instead a specially selected panel of emergency personnel from Fox Valley Tech will conduct a third party investigation to help clear up what happened.
"A combination of combined efforts of law enforcement, emergency management and weather experts," said member of the Outagamie County Corporation Counsel, Joe Guidote.
This panel will look at two things. First, why the sirens didn't go off and second they will take an overall look at the entire working emergency management system for Outagamie County.
The investigation is in the very early stages, but Outagamie County leaders are hoping to have the study up and running in the next few days.