Tornado sirens in Natalia fail to sound

Mayor says she never received call from Medina County

NATALIA, Texas - On Monday night, in the city of Natalia, a warning from the city’s tornado siren never sounded, despite a tornado dropping down just miles away.

"It’s very angering," said Natalia resident Elizabeth Cargile. 

Cargile believed the blame fell squarely on Mayor Ruby Vera and city leaders.

"(Vera) and the city administration continue to put blame on everybody else instead of owning up to the fact that they failed at this moment,” said Cargile.

Cargile also serves as Commissioner of the Medina County Emergency Service District 5, but said her opinion did not necessarily reflect that of the board.

According to the Mayor Ruby Vera, the city of Natalia, per protocol, waited on a call from the Medina County Sheriff’s Department to turn the sirens on. 

It’s a call, Vera said, they never received.

"The word never came down that we were in any kind of imminent danger," said Vera.

"All the cities have the capability and the authority to set (their tornado sirens) off anytime they feel it’s necessary,” said Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown.

While Brown said he could not confirm whether a call was made, he said the county did attempt to set off all the sirens themselves, however, still no sirens sounded.

"The button was pushed, but from what I learned later on, we don’t believe they went off," said Brown.

It is believed that was due to a malfunction. 

Medina County was working to get the issue fixed.

"Regardless of whether the or not the county tried to set the alarms off, it’s (Vera’s) responsibility to do it," said Cargile.

Vera said hindsight is always 20/20, but planned to use her executive power to set off the sirens in the future.


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