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August 8, 2020

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When you hear this siren you know nasty weather is on its way

Village installs siren near water towns at a cost of $30,000

Ada now has an early-warning in place for weather alerts.

A tornado siren was installed in the village on July 28 at a cost of $30,000. According to village officials, it will provide an early warning system for all of Ada to include impending severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. 

A coverage map shows the siren’s sound will go well past the village limits. It provides a 70-decibel signal and is located near the Ada’s water towers.

The siren will be activated only by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service. When activated it will run for 3 minutes in the event of a tornado warning.

It has options to allow Hardin County dispatch or Ada officials to remotely activate the siren.

The siren sits atop a 50-foot pole approximately 45 to 47 feet above ground.

The siren came to the attention of Ada council on March 3 when Michael Harnishfeger, police chief, provided a project update.