City’s tornado sirens coming in few months

Published 7:15 pm Friday, April 19, 2013

Weather alert sirens could be installed in Brookhaven in a little over three months if all goes well, a local emergency management official said.

City aldermen approved a bid this week for the installation, and local Civil Defense Director Clifford Galey said he is ready to make the project happen.

Precision Communications was notified Thursday that the company won the bid, Galey said. He anticipates meeting with Precision next week to discuss details.

“It should be 12-to-15 weeks after that before they are installed,” Galey said of the sirens. “We should be in good shape.”

He cautioned, however, that guarantees as to a timeline can’t be provided. The city’s request for bids didn’t mandate a particular start date for the project.

Current plans call for five sirens to be installed so as to provide full coverage of the city.

Barring any changes, sirens will be placed as follows: at the corner of Monticello Street and North Jackson Street, at the corner of Fender Trail and Manufacturers Boulevard, at the end of East Washington Street, at 906 Highway 51 and the corner of Field Lark Lane and Industrial Park Road.

During their Tuesday night board meeting, aldermen approved the Precision Communications bid to install electronic weather alert siren.

According to its website, the company primarily provides equipment such as radios and lights to emergency responders, including state and federal agencies.

Precision has locations in Tupelo, Amory and Columbus.

The company’s bid for the siren work came to $79,000.

A FEMA grant will cover 95 percent of the cost. The city will make up the rest.