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There are concerns about "inconsistent siren coverage" in Allen County, according to Rachel Blakeman, Community Research Institute director. 

Public input has been requested by the Purdue University Fort Wayne Community Research Institute and the Allen County Emergency Management Advisory Council regarding severe weather information.

More specifically, PFW and the EMA want to know more about how Fort Wayne residents find out about special weather events and how effective traditional outdoor sirens are in alerting the public. The reason for the survey is to understand if and how to update the current outdoor siren system.

“It seems reasonable to engage our community up-front and let you tell us how important they are to you before we recommend spending of your money on this program” Bernie Beier, director of homeland security for Allen County, said in a statement.

Although these outdoor sirens used to be the primary form of alerting the community about an emergency such as a tornado, technology and immediate alerts sent to our phones and other devices have also given people warnings in real time.

The survey can be taken at https://www.pfw.edu/centers/cri/ or at http://www.allencounty.us/homeland/ through Sept. 15.

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