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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Every Wednesday at noon Sumter County residents will hear the noise of a long-sounding siren.

"It gives them a chance to know what to expect in the event of bad weather," explained Nigel Poole.

The new system includes 20 sirens and is spread throughout the county. It will be utilized during bad weather or other disasters such as a chemical spill.

"The system we have is great because it has pre-selected messages in there in the event of a tornado warning or a flash flood warning, but we also have the ability to go over it live like a PA system," said Poole.

As they activated the sirens Thursday, emergency officials also urged residents have a plan in place a emergency strikes.

"Every week when you hear this we ask the citizen to stop and pause and think what they would do if this was an actual activation, said Poole.

Though some citizens will hear this while indoors, the intended audience is for those people who are outside, and not around a TV or radio.

Sumter County residents know first hand the importance of being ready in case a natural disaster hits. Seven years ago a tornado roared right through Americus killing two people, destroying the hospital, and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage.

"The tornado in 2007 was a catalyst for us to get these sirens up and running, said Poole. "If they saved one person's life or advised one person to seek shelter than they have more than paid for themselves."

The WeatherWarn text messages/email alerts system was not tested. The county will be testing that system separately at a later date.

Sumter Co. residents can sign up HERE:

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aoW1q9uD06LDoSX3wU3AhMU0dT9ERiM-jnYODgYiGgg/viewform

 

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