Hattiesburg installs 5 tornado warning sirens across the city

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The City of Hattiesburg was awarded a $116,000 grant from FEMA/MEMA to install five warning sirens throughout Hattiesburg. The total cost of installation is approximately $134,000. The city will finance the remainder of the project.

The sirens will sound during a tornado warning and severe thunderstorm when winds in excess of 60 mph and/or a tornado watch is in effect. They are also capable of being used for other emergencies such as hazardous material spills.

The sirens will be controlled from the Police Department's Dispatch Center. Dispatch will work closely with Emergency Management to determine when to activate the sirens.

Hattiesburg Public Relations Coordinator Jeanetta Bennett said the city will conduct tests on the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m., weather permitting, beginning on June7, 2011. If the tests are unable to take place, they will be conducted the following day.