HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville-Madison County EMA has reported that three outdoor warning sirens are not in service on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Three separate sirens in Madison County are currently awaiting replacements, according to the EMA.
The three sirens affected and their locations are as follows:
• Fire Station 15 on Sparkman Drive
• The roundabout on Indian Creek Road at Old Monrovia Road
• Dunlop Boulevard
“The one at Fire Station 15 and the one at Indian Creek are going to have to be replaced, so we have those two on order now…we’re just waiting for them to get here so we can install. The one on Dunlop has some sort of power issue. We’re working on that now. We may get it up and running, but I don’t know that now so just to be on the safe side, we’re letting everybody know not to count on it,” said Jeffrey Birdwell, Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency Director.
The EMA urges residents to find other ways to keep track of any weather-related alerts that the area might receive.
“I get it, if the siren is in your front yard, you’re going to hear it but the way we install them…which they have a range of about a mile…If you’re on the outer fringes of that area, and the wind is up or the wind is blowing in the wrong direction, you’re not going to hear it inside your home. They aren’t meant for that. We recommend multiple ways – there’s all kinds of apps you can have on your phone, one of the more reliable is a weather radio,” added Birdwell.