McCracken County pushes for more weather sirens

You probably hear the sirens in the case of a weather emergency, but not everyone can hear them. That potentially puts some families in danger.

The McCracken County Fiscal Court contracts with Geographic Information System mapping. The service through the city costs $6,000 a year. Now, they're trying to better use that service and your tax dollars to place sirens where everyone can hear them.

There are several sirens spread throughout McCracken County. GIS compiled a preliminary map showing how far the sirens reach in the county.
They're still gathering more accurate information, so the ranges may differ as the map gets more specific. But people living in some pockets say its still concerning when the weather does get severe.

In a calm corner of the county Dale Workman enjoys the peace and quiet, but he says there's one thing he won't hear: a tornado siren.

"Each and every alert they throw out at me is one more thing that'll make sure I pay attention." Workman says.

But when it comes to effectively placing sirens, the county has to consider not only population density and how loud the siren is, but also the buildings and hills surrounding it.

Through more sirens, McCracken County Judge Executive Bob Leeper says they can better increase the county's coverage. Leeper says there are a substantial number of sirens that can be improved, but the goal is to provide as many early warning systems as possible.

"An early warning system can save lives and that's what a service we provide the community and appropriate use of funds," Leeper says.

Leeper says the county is looking to place one or two more sirens, but says they will not be placed until next spring. The sirens are intended to warn anyone who may be outside when weather comes.

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