Alabama Severe Weather Awareness Week: Outdoor Sirens - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Alabama Severe Weather Awareness Week: Outdoor Sirens

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | e-mail

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - We're in the middle of Alabama's Severe Weather Awareness Week and the Russell County EMA and Homeland Security Departments are making it easier to get the warning out when bad weather hits.

News Leader Nine caught up with William Alexander who works in the Russell County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department,  and he tells us they are doing some new things around the county when it comes to severe weather awareness.

Right now the county has 17 outdoor weather sirens, but within the next few months they will be adding more to reach more homes.

"Listen for the warning devices throughout the county. We have 17 warning devices and we're putting in an additional 20 to bring the total to 37. I think the more devices we have will be an advantage to getting the warning out that inclement weather is in the area," said Alexander.

Schools in the area really count on these sirens, along with weather radios, when it comes to tornado drills.

All week we've been giving you severe weather safety tips, from having a safe place, having a safety kit and now listening for the sirens. It's just another way Alabama is working to keep us all safe.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Police investigating late night shooting on Cusseta Rd., 23rd Ave.

    Police investigating late night shooting on Cusseta Rd., 23rd Ave.

    Saturday, October 21 2017 10:42 PM EDT2017-10-22 02:42:20 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    Columbus Police confirm to News Leader 9 a shooting happened at the intersection of Cusseta Road and 23rd Ave. Police say it happened around 9:30 p.m. One person was taken to Midtown Medical center and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. At this time police say they do not have any suspect information. Continue to check back for updates. Copyright 2017 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, download the WTVM app here.More >>
    Columbus Police confirm to News Leader 9 a shooting happened at the intersection of Cusseta Road and 23rd Ave. Police say it happened around 9:30 p.m. One person was taken to Midtown Medical center and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. At this time police say they do not have any suspect information. Continue to check back for updates. Copyright 2017 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, download the WTVM app here.More >>
  • WATCH LIVE: News Leader 9 streams 7p/6c newscast on Facebook

    WATCH LIVE: News Leader 9 streams 7p/6c newscast on Facebook

    Saturday, October 21 2017 7:01 PM EDT2017-10-21 23:01:52 GMT

    News Leader 9 will be streaming a 7:00 p.m. ET newscast on Facebook live Saturday evening. Join Chandler Morgan for this evening's newscast along with Meteorologist Mallory Schnell with details on cooler weather coming up this week, the latest on a man arrested for sodomy and child molestation charges, and sports highlights with Paul Stockman.

    More >>

    News Leader 9 will be streaming a 7:00 p.m. ET newscast on Facebook live Saturday evening. Join Chandler Morgan for this evening's newscast along with Meteorologist Mallory Schnell with details on cooler weather coming up this week, the latest on a man arrested for sodomy and child molestation charges, and sports highlights with Paul Stockman.

    More >>
  • Man arrested on sodomy, child molestation charges

    Man arrested on sodomy, child molestation charges

    Saturday, October 21 2017 2:59 PM EDT2017-10-21 18:59:59 GMT
    (Source: Muscogee County Jail)(Source: Muscogee County Jail)

    A Columbus man has been arrested on sodomy and child molestation charges. 

    More >>

    A Columbus man has been arrested on sodomy and child molestation charges. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly