Q. With the severe weather season upon us, what is the protocol for area communities to activate their warning sirens? I live in Bettendorf, and during the recent storms it sounded as if Davenport activated theirs, while Bettendorf did not. — Mike, Bettendorf
A. Dave Donovan, emergency management coordinator, Scott County Emergency Management Agency, said, "I don’t have any additional information regarding the protocols utilized in the decision to sound the sirens. My previous answer outlined that fairly clearly and comprehensively.
"There have been no instances (that I am aware of) when sirens would have been sounded in Davenport and not in Bettendorf. We sound the sirens county-wide whenever the warning is issued for anywhere in Scott County.
"It is possible they might have heard a siren in Moline or Rock Island, however. Occasionally, a warning is issued by the National Weather Service for Rock Island County and not for Scott County (depending on the direction of the storm and how it approaches the area) or at different times for the two different counties.
"We know that at many locations you can hear the sirens across the river in the neighboring county. I would expect that would explain what the reader heard.
"I am copying Denise Pavlik and Pam Paulsen from SECC (whose employees actually sound the siren from the Dispatch Floor) and Donna Dubberke from the National Weather Service, in case any of them have additional comments or insight for your reader."
To read Dave Donovan's original response published Oct. 24, 2016, in Ask the Times, visit qctimes.com/askthetimes.