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Emergency Officials Failed To Activate Storm Siren

House after house on Hudson Street, it's the same thing...destruction and more destruction. Recovery is slow, but every little bit counts.

It's difficult to imagine but I'm standing on what used to be the front of someone's home and what's even more sad is that residents in this neighborhood had no idea the storm was coming unless they were watching television.

"I stepped outside the door and my friend was like what is that, and I looked down and it was coming and I just had to slam the door and run back in the house and just jump and scream and tell the children get in the closet, get in the closet," says tornado victim Debra Mable.

A reaction that may have been different if people had a warning.

There's one warning siren in Americus, located on top of the Municipal Building.

It's old, and has to be turned on manually, EMA officials chose not to activate it the night of the storm.

City leaders wouldn't talk on camera, but claim it was too late, plus the siren can only be heard in close distances.

Debra Mable says she didn't even know the "one" existed.

"No I didn't know we even had a warning siren, I didn't even know it," says Mable.

County Commissioner Brent Williams say a Local Emergency Planning Committee has been talking about purchasing an outdoor warning system, but the hurdles have been financial.

"It was an item that we were planning to look at on the upcoming SPLOST referendum and it's something that I hope we were able to fund and put in place obviously there's a need now," says Williams.

 

 

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