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Nebraska communities test tornado sirens in statewide drill

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Tornado Siren

NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) - If you heard tornado sirens go off on Wednesday, you are not alone. Iowa and Nebraska had statewide tornado drills.

With tornado season on the way, Nebraska region 11 emergency management tested its tornado sirens on Wednesday.

Fire division leaders in Norfolk say there are several sirens in town and they're designed to overlap so they can always be heard in an emergency.

Citizens should always be prepared and know where to take shelter during a tornado.

The fire division said it counts on local citizens to inform them if there's an issue with a siren.

“We have volunteer cooperators in the neighborhoods that call in and tell us when the sirens are tested, whether they heard the siren or not," said Lieutenant Bob Nelson of the Norfolk Fire Division.

Lieutenant Nelson said if a siren did not go off, city workers will troubleshoot it.

The division also said they run special drills to be ready for a tornado.

“We have actually drills set up with often times is with industry and the hospital, sometimes it’s with other communities in the county or even outside of the county or we’ll do a multiple casualty drill. Sometimes there just simulation drills and other times we do full skill drills,” added Nelson.

Nelson said that when the fire division receives the all clear signal after a tornado, they go out and assess how widespread the damage is and help people affected by the tornado.

Brett Mayerson

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