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Fulton Tests New Severe Weather Siren

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If you were anywhere near Fulton, Illinois Thursday morning, you might have heard sirens. There was no storm, but the city was testing it's brand new siren, which makes the city safer than it's been in decades.

During a severe storm, time is precious. The old weather siren in Fulton was the root of concern for first responders and residents alike.

"Before, I wouldn't have been able to hear it in all the different places," said Fulton resident Christa Curley.

"We've had several instances where we've had bad weather coming in and we didn't know what to do."

But, with the installation of a brand new severe weather siren, many of those worries have been alleviated.

The siren sits in a brand new location, in the middle of town, at one of the highest elevations in town. It can be activated from several locations: the fire department, the police department and every police squad car.

The new siren is also louder than the old one.

"We're going to be able to be told a lot easier and faster and get the kids into safety," said Curley. "So, it really makes me feel safer."

"It's good for the elderly," said Fulton resident Jon Lockhart. "It's good for the people who are hard of hearing."

The city used capital improvement funding to pay for the siren upgrade.

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