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Memo: Emergency personnel broke policy in storms

  • Associated Press
  • August 18, 2013 - 4:45 PM

APPLETON, Wis. — An internal memo says Outagamie County emergency personnel had ample time and reason to sound the sirens when storms tore through the Fox Valley this month, and broke county policy by failing to do so.

Public Safety Committee Chairman James Duncan released a sheriff's department timeline Sunday following news reports detailing problems with the response to the Aug. 6-7 storm.

County policy states that if an officer witnesses a tornado or strong winds, the sirens are to be activated.

Duncan tells Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/1cRHB1j ) the damage reports coming into the 911 center were a clear indication to activate the sirens.

His committee recommended Friday that the county's emergency management director be disciplined and possibly fired.

No one was killed, but the storm wreaked $31 million in damage in Outagamie County.

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