Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Earlier this month, devastating tornadoes hit the northern part of the state.
Wisconsin storms packing high winds of more than 100 mph and two tornadoes caused at least one weather-related fatality, injured 3, destroyed a church, barns and other buildings and cut power to tens of thousands of people in central and northeastern Wisconsin on early Wednesday morning, on August 7, 2013.
The sounding of tornado warning sirens in that region has become an issue.
From the Door County Advocate:
“Jeff Last, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Green Bay, said it’s a mistake for residents to wait until they hear the sirens before they take cover. ‘If people are relying on outdoor sirens at 1 in the morning, that’s a mistake,’ Last said. ‘That’s designed more for people outside at the ball parks, and they should not be relied upon for keeping one safe in severe weather situations’.”
Jeff Last was also quoted by FOX11 TV news:
“Luckily no one was seriously hurt in these storms. And while sirens can be helpful, Last doesn't recommend relying solely on them for weather alerts. He says weather radios are much more reliable.”
“He (Last) says weather radios are much more reliable.”
Franklin was the last municipality in Milwaukee County to install sirens. Reaction has been mixed. Some see the sirens as added precaution. Others like me view the sirens as antiquated, ineffective dinosaurs and prefer a weather radio as the first and best means of alertness.
I concur with Jeff Last referenced above. Forget the sirens. Spend the $19.99 or whatever on a weather radio.