Greenville to purchase weather alert sirens

Published 4:11 pm Wednesday, October 10, 2012

In the wake of last year’s tornado outbreak, the City of Greenville is taking steps to make sure its citizens are warned should another dangerous storm hit the area.

On Monday, the Greenville City Council authorized the city to participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which will allow city officials to purchase two additional weather alert sirens.

The city currently has a siren located downtown near City Hall and a siren located near Walmart.

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Greenville Fire Department Chief Mike Phillips said the additional sirens will be placed near L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital and Dunbar Recreation Center. The cost of the two sirens will be $43,060. The city will be responsible for $10,765, with the remainder being paid with federal grant money.

“This will allow is to have a siren on each end of town, which will help us better alert people to potentially dangerous storms,” Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon said.

The grant states that work must begin within 90 days of approval of the grant and must be completed within three years.