Gibson Co. hopes to improve severe weather warning sirens

Gibson Co. hopes to improve severe weather warning sirens

GIBSON CO., Ind. (WFIE) - 18 severe weather warning sirens are located throughout Gibson County.

Emergency management officials say they would like to repair or replace some of them.

EMA Director Terry Hedges says upgrades can cost up to $10,000 and a new siren can cost $25,000. So he applied for a grant through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to pay for the upgrades.

“We have 18 sirens that are at least 15 to 18 years in age," explained Hedges. “Some were implemented in 2001.”

While they’re looking at repairing or replacing the sirens, EMA officials tell us prices could get steep, so the county is also looking into a survey.

“To see if the existing sirens are still beneficial due to the cost," said Hedges. “Because of social media, everyone has a cell phone, TV stations place out the information with the weather. And we made this known to the council.”

Should the EMA not get the funding from Homeland Security, the county will have to step in to cover the upgrade costs in the next one to five years.

The Gibson County EMA will find out if they’re receiving the grant from the state by the end of the month. If they do receive the money, they will start making upgrades immediately.

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