Officials in Colbert County, AL turned off Tornado five-alarm siren: WHY!?!?

… Residents complained about the noise.

FYI: A Tornado struck Colbert County earlier this month, find out more here.

Officials in Colbert County, Alabama turned off a five-alarm Tornado siren after residents complained about the noise it made, as reported by WHNT news.

A resident reached out to the news outlet after a Tornado recently touched down in the area, asking why the siren wasn’t trigged.

WHNT reached out to Colbert County EMA director Mike Melton, who told the news outlet the siren was turned off “four years ago” during its testing phase.

He cited complains from SIX residents as the reason.

“It was asked to be moved. Did we ask if the entire neighbourhood was advised of what was happening, I did not. What we tried to do is appease some people.”

Mike Melton, Colbert County EMA director

The main purpose of the siren is to warn residents of approaching severe weather, however WHNT says it has “laid dormant”.

Officials have been unable to relocate the siren because it was purchased and designed for a specific location.

The Colbert County EMA director says he is willing to meet up with residents to come up with a resolution.   

We highly recommend that you read The Weather Network’s article on the story – click here to read that piece.


“Smart people tend to have a plan and head to their safe place.”

Being in Tornado season, we thought this post would be appropriate. The list below illustrates what you should not do when the Tornado sirens sound.

“For the not so smart that need to be told, here are a few things you do not do when the tornado sirens sound.”

  1. Run outside screaming Uncle Drew! Uncle Drew! It is not appropriate, might even end up getting yourself hurt/killed.
  2. Think of all the items you have outside and go grab them. You will always buy a new one – LEAVE IT!
  3. Panic about the fact that you might be in the shelter too long and you need to run to the bathroom.
  4. HURRY! SAVE THE BEER! – refer to #2.
  5. Consider the idea of going out for a drive and take pictures. Leave that to the storm chasers – refer to #1.
  6. Pick a fight with anybody who might decide you are not worth sheltering with. UH OH! Bad timing, you’ll get locked out – refer to #1.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Take shelter until the all clear is sounded.

There you have it!