HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Five new outdoor warning sirens are now up in Madison County. The sirens were installed at two churches, a volunteer fire department and two elementary schools.
The devices, manufactured by Sentry Siren, Inc. out of Colorado, are a departure from tradition for Madison County. All previous outdoor sirens have been of the rotating variety. However, these are fixed in position. Paige Colburn with Madison County EMA says, “because it’s shaped like a whole lot of megaphones in a circle…they don’t have to rotate.”
The sirens cost about $25,000 each. They were paid for with federal funds provided as a result of the April 2011 tornadoes. EMA officials say the county received post-mitigation funds to aid in preparedness for future disasters.
It took a while for the money to arrive. Now that it has, the EMA is hopeful the sirens will prove beneficial to the communities in which they’re located. The locations were chosen based on population needs. They include:
Lynn Fanning Elementary (Moores Mill Road)
Bethlehem Baptist Church (Elkwood Section Road)
Murphy Hill Baptist Church (Murphy Hill Road)
Owens Cross Roads Volunteer Fire Department (Cave Springs Road)
Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary (Taylor Road)
While they have been installed, the sirens are not yet operational. They must still be wired for electricity. EMA officials expect that process to be finished before the next monthly outdoor warning siren test in July.