ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Columbus/Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency will upgrade its emergency warning system, courtesy a $50,000 federal grant.
Coupled with $25,000 in local funding, the project will encompass both upgrading and expanding the outdoor system of disaster alert sirens, according to John B. Copenhaver, regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"We've worked closely with Columbus-Lowndes County Emergency Management 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.
FEMA's share comes from its hazard mitigation grant program, an initiative that has put more than $11 million in similar projects in Mississippi alone during the past decade.