GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A large group of people took to social media Wednesday night to raise questions about hearing Kent County’s siren during a tornado warning.
Kent County Emergency Management Lt. Lou Hunt says there are a number of reasons why people may not have heard weather sirens — but ensured all 130 around the county went off around 8 p.m. when the warning was issued.
Based on Hunt’s prior experience, he listed a variety of reasons why people couldn’t hear the sirens.
“You could have already been in your basement, you could have new construction or new windows or tight-fitting doors,” he said. “You could have the news on, the weather radio on, you could have your regular music radio on. There can be a variety of reasons why you might not hear those in the moment."
When an event warrants a weather siren being activated, every siren in the county goes off regardless of where it is.
"We have a very large county. When we enact our sirens in our county, it's all of our sirens. So, it's not selective to different areas,” Hunt said. “We could have a severe weather event at the northern end of our county and the people at the southern end are going to hear those sirens as well."