Most of Morgan Co. is without warning sirens; County is trying to get more

MORGAN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Tornado sirens went off all over Kentucky Wednesday morning as part of statewide test.

The sirens weren’t heard everywhere in Morgan County which was hit by a deadly tornado eight years ago this week.

Before 2014, there weren’t any sirens that were working in the county. In 2014, West Liberty got two sirens, but the 911 director says the sound only reaches a few miles.

The county’s emergency management wants to get six more sirens to place throughout the county and has applied for grants.

“There’s no assurance that we will be awarded funding but all you can do is apply and hope that you’ll be successful,” said Vicci Lewis, Emergency Management Administrative Assistant.

Instead of using sirens, the county relies on ‘Code Red’.

It’s a program you subscribe to and when an emergency happens you’ll receive a call, text, or email with details of the warning.

“You should have other means of notification in times of an emergency,” said John Conley, 911 Director.

People say having sirens would be beneficial, but they aren’t worried they don’t have it.

“Even though I don’t feel that they are just essential to county citizens safety, they would be good to have,” said Lewis.

People say they survived a tornado once without sirens and if another storm comes, they know to take it seriously and be prepared.

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