‘Operator error’ set off emergency sirens in Hamilton County

‘Operator error’ set off emergency sirens in Hamilton County

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Emergency sirens were heard all over Hamilton County Monday morning.

Officials said it was an “operator error” that happened around 9 a.m.

“The Hamilton County Outdoor Warning sirens were temporarily activated this morning as a result of an operator error during routine training. The sirens were briefly activated for several seconds this morning before being canceled,” Hamilton County EMA said on Twitter.

According to Director Hamilton County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency Nick Crossley, Monday’s training was on a recently upgraded warning system. They are getting ready for severe weather season and they wanted to make sure the new system works.

“One of the staff got a little ahead of the instructor and hit a button that they did not mean to hit and accidentally activated that sirens,” he said.

Crossley said though this was an error, it’s important to pay attention when you hear the sirens.

“Sirens mean take cover regardless of why they are going off so we definitely encourage people. You might have heard the phrase ‘tune in, take cover, take action,’” he said. “We sincerely apologize for any concern we may have caused anybody.”

Warren County EMA said residents in their area may have also heard the sirens.

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