New tornado siren enhances Tupelo emergency coverage

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By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – With the most recent installation of a tornado siren in the southeastern part of the city, the last “vulnerability” area in Tupelo to hear the emergency sounds has been eliminated.
Tupelo Water & Light Director Johnny Timmons said the addition of the 16th tornado siren in the city enhances coverage in the South Veterans and Eason boulevards area.
The siren was funded through a federal hazardous mitigation grant that shared costs of the $20,757 siren with the federal and local government, each paying 55 and 45 percent of the costs, respectively.
“With this siren, we have overlapping coverage throughout the city,” Timmons said.
The new siren covers residential, business and educational institutions, including Tupelo campuses of Itawamba Community College and the University of Mississippi.
Brad Boggs, director of student affairs at ICC, said the tornado siren coverage complements emergency communication at the college that includes text-messaging alerts.
“Being able to hear the siren give another warning,” is a good thing for residents, he said. “Multiple ways of notifying the community in the event of severe weather is always a good thing.”
robbie.ward@journalinc.com