Tornado sirens tested in county

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 16, 2008

NATCHEZ — Despite the bright blue, cloudless sky Wednesday morning, tornado sirens could be heard blaring in Adams County.

But that didn’t mean imminent danger, it was merely a test.

In compliance with the National Weather Service in Jackson’s Severe Weather Awareness Day, the Adams County Emergency Management Agency tested some of its emergency equipment.

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Five sirens located at Highland Boulevard at U.S. 61 South, Liberty Park, the central fire station, Robert Lewis Middle School and LaGrange Road, all sounded at 9:15 Wednesday morning.

“We do have an issue with one of our sirens,” EMA Director Stan Owens said. “We want to fix that issue.”

He said something is wrong with the siren at Liberty Park and it does not project sound.

Owens the siren actually just needed to be cleaned up a bit. A technician went out and fixed it on the spot.

It was retested and is now working.

The county will be getting a few more sirens. An original grant allowed the county to receive six more sirens but has been pared down to where only four will be received.

Owens said this time of the year is important to educate people the severe weather that accompanies the fall season.

He said most people generally think that the spring is the worst time for bad weather but that’s not necessarily correct.

“November is one of the most severe months for tornadoes,” Owens said. “In November, historically, Mississippi has seen a lot of tornadic activity.”

In 2004, an outbreak of 21 tornadoes took one life and in 2006, two F3 categories swept through southeast Mississippi.

Owens said it’s important for people to be well versed in what to do in the event of a tornado — seek shelter in the sturdiest locations inside a home, if caught outside, get to a low-lying area and vacate pre-manufactured homes for a more structurally sound shelter.