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Marion County EMA receives storm readiness award

By Kevin Wheeler - bio | email 

MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM ) - The Marion County Emergency Management agency has received an award from the National Weather Service for the county's warning system.

Members of the NWS presented the agency the award at the board of supervisors meeting Tuesday morning. 

The county had to complete an eight page application process and be observed by the National Weather Service.

In the past year, the EMA has installed several new warning sirens as well as weather radios for the schools.

The weather service has improved their ability of giving us more and more time," said EMA director, Charlie Conerly. "With the information we get from them, we can give the citizens 10, 15 sometimes more minutes advanced warning that we are going to have something happen."

The city of Columbia was classified as storm ready several years ago.

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