GOSHEN — Jefferson Township will install its first emergency sirens before next tornado season arrives.
A pair of tornado sirens have been purchased for the township, which lies east of Elkhart and north of Goshen. Township trustee Jim Weldy said one of the sirens will be installed at the Jefferson Township Fire Department on the corner of S.R. 15 and C.R. 20. and other will be placed near the intersection of C.R. 18 and C.R. 21 to cover major subdivisions in the area.
Weldy said the tornado sirens will be a step up from how the township previously warned residents about emergencies. Firefighters, he said, would drive trucks up and down the streets sounding a siren.
“It’s an unsafe way to do things because if there is a tornado coming, they could be caught up in it, and you need to them to take care of people instead of putting their lives in danger,” Weldy said.
The new sirens will be linked to the city of Goshen’s alert system, which is tested at 2 p.m. on Thursdays. The cost of the sirens, plus installation and electrical work, cost roughly $48,000, according to Weldy.
Weldy hopes to add two more tornado sirens to the township within the next year or two.