Russell Countians will soon be better protected during severe weather as the county has just received 10 additional emergency warning sirens.
Emergency Management Director H.M. Bottom told WJRS NEWS the additional warning devices will bring to 28, the number of emergency warning sirens covering Russell County.
Bottom said the new sirens will be erected at strategically selected locations over the next few months with the first one “going up” as early as next week.
The Emergency Management Director said South Kentucky R.E.C.C. is partnering with the project by providing crews and equipment to erect the sirens.
The latest warning sirens are the result of a $200,000 Homeland Security grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency which was secured by Congressman Ed Whitfield, according to Bottom.
The project requires a 25% local match with most of that $50,000 amount coming from “in-kind contributions” such as R.E.C.C.’s participation as well as donated land for siren placement.