"We have a moral obligation to make sure that we are getting into the hands of the people the latest, greatest technology that can get more accurate information as quickly as possible," said Tom Nelson, Outagamie County Executive, in May.
The sirens aren't going away. Instead, the county will transfer ownership to local governments allowing municipalities to decide if they should maintain the devices.
The county says they will transfer levy authority for the upkeep, meaning this change won't affect your wallet.
“Outagamie County is not doing this to save money. Outagamie County is doing this and putting its dollars into a system that will reach every resident in Outagamie County. Today our sirens do not,” said Lisa Van Schyndel, Outagamie County Emergency Management director, in May.
43 sirens dot the county, but don't come close to covering the whole thing. Now, people have another way to stay safe.