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Sumter County gets new tornado warning system

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Bill Twomey, Sumter County Administrator Bill Twomey, Sumter County Administrator
Some of the damage caused from the tornado that hit Sumter County homes in March 2007 Some of the damage caused from the tornado that hit Sumter County homes in March 2007
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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Sumter County residents will now have a better warning system when severe weather hits.  

The FEMA approved proposal to build an expanded Outdoor Warning Siren System comes 7 years after the area was devastated by a deadly tornado.  The county's EMA received grants from GEMA to build an improved system.

The improvements will cost about $100,000 less than expected and extend coverage to Plains and Andersonville. 

"What we hope to do going forward is maybe go to a reverse 911 system as well.  Code Red is one brand.  There's several other brands which will be the next step warning the citizens," said Bill Twomey, Sumter County Administrator.

The expansion means the county will have 18 sirens.  The new system will be controlled from within the Sumter County Fire department with a backup panel in the EMA Director's office.

They hope to have everything finalized by July.

 

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