Officials consider trashing outdoor warning siren system

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LONGMONT, Colo. - City officials say they may retire Longmont's outdoor emergency warning sirens that announce approaching tornadoes and look for other ways to notify residents of emergency situations.

The Longmont Times-Call reports that city staff made the recommendation Tuesday. The siren system is normally tested at 10 a.m. on the first Monday of each month from April to August; officials say that the system will not be test in April.

Last year, the siren system malfunctioned and went off without reason. It was the second time the system had malfunctioned. City staff says that because of that incident, the sirens will be shut off until city council can make a policy decision regarding it.

Officials are considering a new siren system from a different manufacturer that could cost up to $500,000, or getting rid of it all together and using new technologies.