Coin weather siren receives donation

IAMO Telephone donates funds to the weather warning siren at Coin. From left are Tom Steinolfsen, General Manager IAMO; Jillinda Thornton, Office Manager IAMO; Jennie Layne, Coin City Clerk; TJ Horn, Technician IAMO and Merlin Swanson, Board Member IAMO.  

IAMO Telephone Company gave $5,000 to the city of Coin toward their early warning system siren.

The siren is original has not been updated since its installation. This system is within audible range of 139 citizens. The siren will continue to notify Coin area residents of impending dangerous weather. Sirens are connected to National Weather Service software to ensure the accuracy of alerts as storm systems approach. Countless stories have been reported throughout tornado alley of mechanical malfunctions by sirens in disrepair.

Updating the siren means reducing the number of variables that could lead to risk of failing to notify the Coin area of weather danger and reducing the likelihood of human life. Residents will be able to act and seek protective cover from a disastrous event. The $5,000 contribution is only a portion of the $21,500 price tag for the siren update.

IAMO Telephone Company was formed in 1962 as a telephone service provider originally serving southwest Iowa communities. It later merged to include coverage in neighboring Missouri communities.

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