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Marshall County EMA upgrading, repairing warning sirens

The Marshall County EMA is facing upgrades and repairs with their outdoor warning sirens. (Source: WAFF) The Marshall County EMA is facing upgrades and repairs with their outdoor warning sirens. (Source: WAFF)
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Office is gearing up for extensive work on several outdoor warning sirens.

Anita McBurnett with the Marshall County EMA says they are facing upgrades, repairs, and even a replacement of one siren after a string of several unexpected circumstances from a tornado, lightning strikes, and a car crashing into one of the sirens. 

“We're looking somewhere in the neighborhood of $48,000 in total cost and so we do have a limit on what we can service without having to go out on bid.” said McBurnett. She says all of the work is costly, but they will get it done.

Two sirens, one at Nixon's Chapel and one at Brasher's Chapel are currently out of service. They will be operational soon, but the EMA wants to remind you to have more than one way to receive warnings.

“That you should have more than one way to receive warnings and not depend totally on outdoor warning sirens, because they are meant to warn people out of doors.” said McBurnett.

The Marshall County EMA office says they hope to have all of the work on the sirens complete in about a month. 

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