A lack of warning sirens in Macomb during last week’s severe storm was “human error,” according to Mayor Mike Inman.
Inman says the sirens should have sounded on Tuesday, March 15, and when they didn’t he personally called the 911 call center.
Inman says there was a miscommunication and it will be addressed at next week’s 911 board meeting to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Tuesday’s EF 2 tornado, with estimated winds of 115 miles per hour, touched down several miles north of Macomb in Good Hope. It traveled about 16 miles from Good Hope to just outside of St. Augustine in Fulton County.
Western Illinois University in Macomb sent out emergency alerts on Tuesday to employees and students. The tornado happened during the university’s Spring Break when many students are not on campus.