GRANT, Ala. — An outdoor warning siren in Marshall County isn’t working. That siren is at the Hebron Volunteer Fire Department on Hebron School Road.
That is just off of U.S. Highway 431 near the Grant community. “Looks like lightning struck it during the December 25th storm we had,” Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says.
Hutcheson says crews weren’t able to get the heavy equipment out there to fix it because of bad weather and where the siren is situated. “It appears lightning hit it and maybe burned up a bunch of the circuit boards, but we do have spare parts at EMA, and we’ve got the parts to repair it,” Hutcheson said, “It’s just a matter of getting to it with the boom truck.”
During a round of potentially severe weather a few weeks ago, there was a siren near the South Sauty area that was sending intermittent signals, so the EMA was telling residents there not to rely on that siren. It has since been fixed, and crews are planning to fix the siren at the Hebron Fire Department as quickly as possible. “We have 60 sirens in the county that we’re responsible for,” Hutcheson says, “We’ve got all of them working well except for that one.”
Hutcheson says they’re hoping start work on the siren in the next few days.
In the meantime, officials say residents in that area should have a back up means of getting notifications. Also, EMA officials say everyone should have multiple ways of getting alerts during severe weather.