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.