Temple Fire & Rescue inadvertently sounds tornado sirens

Posted at 10:30 PM, Apr 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-02 23:45:14-04

Temple Fire and Rescue officials said a mistake is not being overlooked after tornado sirens were set off by mistake in Temple Sunday morning. 

"This morning around 6:30 we activated the outdoor warning sirens and it turns out it was a mistake," Temple Fire & Rescue Public Information Officer Thomas Pechal said.

Officials said they simply misread information. The National Weather Service did not issue a tornado warning for the area.

"This was an honest human mistake and we are seeing this as a teachable moment and a learning moment of not only proper processes, but weather awareness," Fire Chief, Mitch Randles said.  

Pechal said it's important to not to be alarmed if you didn't hear the sirens while inside. 

"It is an outdoor warning notification system. If you are outdoors when the sirens activate they are designed so that you can hear them. They are not designed so that you can hear them inside with your windows and doors closed," Pechal added. 

The fire department says the next time you do hear the sirens, it will not be a mistake.

"Once you hear the sirens or get the weather alert for a warning it's not the time to be making a plan. You need to take shelter where you are in a preferably sturdy structure," Chief Randles said. 

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