Tornado siren set off by accident

CNJ staff

Human error led to the sounding of tornado sirens in Clovis just before 1 a.m. Thursday.

The alarm that sounded was the one intended to serve as the routine system test that takes place weekly at 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to Deputy Police Chief Mike Ingram.

Ingram said when the test time was entered into a computer incorrectly and was later triggered when a dispatcher toned an ambulance for an unrelated call instead of sounding in the afternoon when it was intended.

Ingram said the issue has been addressed and steps have been taken to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

The sirens are an outdoor alert system for tornado warnings indicating a tornado has been spotted, said Ken De Los Santos, local emergency management director.

After the sirens sounded, De Los Santos said there was a flood of calls to dispatchers from residents wanting to know what was going on.

In the event the sirens sound, residents are advised to turn to their television or radios for further information on conditions.