Friday, April 10, 2015
Emergency whistle in rural West Virginia town goes silent at night after resident threatens legal action
Public support of the whistle is split, Pisciotta writes. Locals have complained for years about the loud, annoying noise, but others say they favor safety over comfort and have offered to donate money for legal fees to keep the whistle available at all times.
The main concern for supporters of the whistle is public safety. Delegate Gary Howell (R-Mineral) told Pisciotta, “My primary concern is in the middle of the night when people are asleep, their cell phones are off, TV off, radio off, computer off, they need to be warned if there is a tornado coming or other quick moving threat. The siren is a way to warn that segment of the public.” (Read more)