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Weather sirens planned for rural Lauderdale Co. communities

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FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

When severe weather threatens, Lauderdale County officials want their residents to be ready.

The county commission is working to add more outdoor weather sirens to alert local communities.

The county currently has 63 outdoor sirens, and were awarded money to add four more sirens, bringing the total to 67 sirens.

Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency Director George Grabryan said they are still working to get more money to add even more sirens. He said the highly populated areas are already equipped with the alert systems, and the new ones will be going out to more rural areas.

The sirens will be installed in St. Florian, Kindale Gardens, and two in the Killen area.

Grabryan said there can never be too many outdoor warnings in place for communities, especially when severe weather threatens.  

"When you're outdoors, that is your weather radio. A lot of people do live close enough to hear them inside, but they're intended for outdoor warning, he said. "So if you're outdoors, it just basically alerts you to tune to your news media or weather radio and see what's going on."

Residents can expect to see the new outdoor sirens installed in just a few months.

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