By Chickasaw Journal
HOUSTON – The addition of two more emergency sirens in the county will hopefully increase awareness of dangerous weather conditions and provide warnings to citizens.
Chickasaw County EMA director Linda Griffin addressed the Board of Supervisors March 16 to inform them of the upcoming additions.
There are four sirens currently in use; three in Houston and one in Woodland. New Houlka and Okolona have been approved to receive sirens through a mitigation grant from the Mississippi Emergency Management Service.
The county will contribute 95 percent of the $16,641 purchase price for the siren for Houlka with the town contributing the five percent match of $830 pending reimbursement from MEMA. Okolona opted to purchase their siren and the reimbursement will go back to the town.
The addition of the sirens will put a safety signal within hearing distance of all three county schools, which Griffin said was a long-term goal.
The proposal to purchase the sirens from Integrated Communications was approved by the board on Griffin’s recommendation that they are federal quality sirens and superior to a competing brand.