ATLANTA, Ga. -- Nine additional severe-weather warning sirens will be sited throughout Scott County under a $172,078 grant approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The sirens will be located strategically to improve coverage to parts of Georgetown and Scott County. The project also includes installation of twenty indoor warning devices, known as voice alert receivers, in the County hospital, schools, nursing homes, and other public facilities.
Seventy percent of the project total, $120,150, will be borne by a FEMA grant under its on-going hazard mitigation program. Scott County will pay 19% of the total and the Commonwealth of Kentucky will underwrite the remaining 11%
"Our constant focus is to minimize the harm disasters bring to people and property," said John Copenhaver, FEMA regional director. "Early warning systems can save lives and give people a chance to prepare for emergencies."
Copenhaver said FEMA's cost share of the project brings to nearly $20 million the amount obligated in the commonwealth for such protective measures during the decade of the 1990s.