ATLANTA, Ga. -- Coahoma County in Mississippi's North Delta will receive a federal grant of $36,195 to shore up its disaster alert system.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency funding was announced by John B. Copenhaver, FEMA's regional director, who explained that the sum represents 75 percent of the $48,260 project cost. The remaining amount will be paid by the county, he said.
The project includes replacement of an outdoor siren, a tone alert transmitter, and receivers that have been worn out and for which repair parts no longer are available.
"We've worked closely with Coahoma County Emergency Management Director Randy Stewart to help ensure our citizens there are well protected," said Mississippi Emergency Management Director Robert Latham. "There's really no better mitigation measure than to alert the public to danger."
MEMA administers Mississippi's hazard mitigation program that aims making the state more disaster resistant by advancing projects that ultimately save lives and property and lowers recovery costs after a disaster.
In the past 10 years, more than $11 million in FEMA grants have gone to Mississippi for similar hazard mitigation programs. The sum is above and beyond any funding provided by FEMA for response and recovery purposes following major natural disasters.