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The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department has said the programming issue that caused some of Newton’s sirens not to go off on Saturday, March 5 has been fixed.
As a friendly reminder, the outdoor warnings sirens are meant to warn people outside of impending severe weathers such as tornados or destructive winds, they are not meant to be heard indoors. We encourage everyone to have to have a weather radio in their place of business and home; to turn on the WENS settings on your mobile devices AND sign up for Alert Iowa notifications (sign up here: https://homelandsecurity.iowa.gov/alert-iowa/). All three of these methods delivered notifications during the tornado warnings that affected Newton on March 5.