Houston County Weather Sirens Installed

Houston County officials believe residents will be more prepared in the event of severe weather.

The city of Dothan has partnered with the Houston County Emergency Management Agency to set up seven new early warning sirens.

Daniel Danford, engineering assistant with Dothan Utilities said, "Four of them will be in the county, and three in the city limits and hopefully we'll be through with our part of the process in two weeks."

The new siren installed on Monday is located on the property of the Houston County Water Authority near one of their water tanks.

By the first week in April, the new sirens will be activated, making a total of 32 early warning sirens for Houston County.

Houston County EMA Director Clark Matthews says, "The 32 together will enable us to get the siren warnings out to the public quickly so they can take preventive, protective actions."

The sirens will help broaden the base for early warnings for hazardous conditions and severe weather.

Bobby Snellgrove, with the Houston Co. Commission, District 2 said, "Looking back at what happened in Enterprise recently, we know and understand the need for these and we're fortunate that we have as many as we do."

Snellgrove says the commission is working to expand the early warning sirens especially in rural areas of the county, including places like Gordon, Southern Junction, Cottonwood, and near the Chatahoochee River.

"We're continuously looking for more money to install more than 32,” Snellgrove says. “It will take a great deal to cover the whole county, but our goal is to cover Houston County."

More coverage means more protection.

EMA officials want the public to be aware the sirens are tested on the first Friday of each month at noon.

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