Cherokee County Emergency Management is always looking to make the county a little bit safer. They're currently applying for FEMA grants that would replace some old storm sirens, and bring in 3 new ones to cover blind spots.
Cherokee County Kansas Officials are looking to bring the same level of siren coverage one can find here in Columbus, Kansas, to other unincorporated areas of the county like Southeast 50th & Lostine. Leslie Moss is a Cherokee County resident who lives about a quarter mile from that proposed siren site.
"It definitely makes me feel safer. Even though I have a husband on the fire department, he's always on call for storm spotting. But still, just knowing we have a siren up the road makes me feel a lot more comfortable." said Moss.
If FEMA approves the grants, the unincorporated area of Lawton, Kansas will also receive a siren, as well as the Tamko building on the north side of Columbus. But the county's director of emergency management says 4-Staters should always have multiple ways to get weather notifications.
"You know the most important thing to realize is, they are outdoor warning devices only. If you're asleep in bed and it's storming, you're probably not going to hear them. That's why it's important to have your weather alert radio or any type of app on your phone where you'll get messages," said Jason Allison, Cherokee County's director of emergency management.