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Posted: November 1, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Emergency sirens approved for Social Circle

The residents of Social Circle will have a little more forewarning about impending disasters with the new emergency siren system approved by the city at the Tuesday council meeting.

The city council unanimously approved buying and installing an emergency siren system to the tune of about $102,000. The money would be taken from a $1.5 million pool of SPLOST funds designated for public safety improvements, according to City Manger Doug White.

Steve Shelton, director of public safety, assured council members there would be enough SPLOST funds to cover the purchase because Walton County had indicated it would assist in other public safety expenses.

The new system, which would have three emergency sirens with a reach of 1.5 miles each that would installed in various locations, can broadcast 16 different pre-recorded messages or can be overridden to broadcast any message, allowing residents to be informed as to why the siren is going off and what they would need to do in the case of an emergency.

Currently, there is one siren installed at the fire station.

More to come in the Friday edition of The News.

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