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Fox Valley Tech to help with review of Outagamie County storm response

An outdoor emergency warning siren.
An outdoor emergency warning siren.

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Two faculty members from Fox Valley Technical College and a meteorologist will be reviewing Outagamie County storm response policy and procedures.

This comes in the wake of six tornadoes tearing through the region on August 7th, when the sirens did not go off.

The controversy has caused a rift between some county leaders. 

County Executive Tom Nelson has asked for an independent review of the policy and procedures at the county's Emergency Management agency.

"Certainly at the forefront will be why the sirens didn't go off, should they have gone off, when should they have gone off," says Outagamie County Corporate Counsel Joe Guidote, who was tasked with putting together the panel. "Those are all questions that this panel will be looking at." 

County officials say there is no time table for the review to be completed or an estimate as to how much it will cost. 

The county executive is responsible for handing out any discipline. 

The issue could come up at an emergency management committee meeting next Wednesday.

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