Marshall County to add five weather warning sirens

By Stephen McLamb- bio | email

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - This is severe weather awareness week in Alabama, and Marshall County is getting some extra protection with five more weather warning sirens.

The county commission approved the $43,000 request in their meeting Monday morning.

It's welcome news to those in the county who have been affected by tornadoes over the years.

February 16, 1995 is a day Charlie McClendon will never forget when a tornado came through and blew his daughter's mobile home away that had been next to his home.

"My daughter and her kids were coming up and he was still in the trailer," said McClendon.

He, was Charlie's son-in-law, David Price.

David wasn't able to walk away. "It was terrible, you know, I pulled him out of the wreckage myself," said McClendon.

Over the years, Marshall County has worked to put weather warning sirens out in the county.

The county commission on Monday approved five more.

Those five will be placed in the areas of Fry Gap Road, Lattiwood Road, Pine Grove Road, McVille Road, and Brasher's Chapel Road.

"At this point in time that gives us much better coverage than we did in the past," said Marshall County EMA Director Anita McBurnett.

That brings the total number of weather warning sirens to 49.

The county's EMA director feels those steps have helped to keep instances of losing people like David Price to a minimum.

"More warning. So just from that right there how do you measure saving lives?" asks McBurnett.

So with a new weather warning siren going up down the road, that makes Charlie McClendon feel a little more comfortable.

"That's good. If you got a little warning that's better than no warning," said McClendon.

McBurnett said while warning sirens are great tools, she recommends everyone to have a NOAA weather radio in their home.

McBurnett estimates the new sirens will be put up in the next three to six months.

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