Wiregrass County prepares for severe weather

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GENEVA COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) -- If you heard a loud siren in Slocomb around noon, don’t worry it was only a test. We all remember when a tornado hit in Geneva County just a month ago. With the possibility of more severe weather this weekend, the city wants to make sure their line of defense will help keep people safe.

Larry Morgan and his family say they are blessed to be alive. They had minor damage after the Geneva County tornado. Others are still living with ripped roofs and are worried about the days ahead.

"I don't know where we are going but we are not staying in here, there's just already too much damage if it hits here again, we don't want to be in here," said Carolyn Graham, tornado survivor.

EMA Director Misty Wise says be prepared, sirens are one type of warning, but they're out in the elements, so lightning and severe weather can shut them off.

"All those things that have been going wrong with sirens, they've been going wrong for years,” said Wise.

And they only reach 2 miles, so always have your own back up.

"People think it's never going to happen to them, recently one of the victims from our recent tornado said he was going to turn his phone off because it was being annoying but when he stood up to turn the phone off something didn't feel right that's when he looked outside and saw the tornado" Misty Wise, Geneva County EMA Director.

Wise says the EMA is there to help and last month, everything was taken care of within a few days, thanks to the help of many in the community.

"When something happens, the community comes together," said Graham.

It's always good to have a weather radio at home and download our WTVY weather app which will alert you with severe weather warnings.

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