RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. -
If you didn't hear the winds of a tornado Tuesday morning, you likely heard plenty of thunder and the sound of sirens. News 3's Naomi Keitt explains the sirens are designed specifically to keep you alert and safe.
The polygon siren warning system allows emergency officials to signal specific sirens when an area is affected by a severe storm. In Russell County, only people who are directly impacted by the path of a storm will hear the warning siren in their area. Russell County EMA Director Bob Franklin says it encourages people to take the sirens seriously.
"If you hear our sirens going off, it's time to seek that safe place. It means that you were in the path of that tornado and as we saw Tuesday morning these things are really destructive," said Bob Franklin.
In Muscogee County, there are 47 outdoor emergency warning sirens. The sirens issue 6 separate warning tones and can also make voice announcements.