MAMMOTH SPRING -- A new early warning siren should be delivered to the city of Mammoth Spring within the next month.
According to Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace, officials from the Alarm Storm Siren Company of Norman, Okla., visited the city in June of 2007 to assess the kind of siren equipment the city would need.
"I started looking for grant money after their visit and wrote a grant to USDA for the storm siren. We just heard last week the grant had been approved," she said.
Pace said the city would receive $13,000 toward the purchase of the siren with the city kicking in $4,350.
She said where the siren will be placed is not definite, but the city is looking at placing it on the old water storage tank.
According to Pace the city does have an old siren system but it is outdated. "The old system has to be turned on at the site. This new siren is radio operated. Five firemen and our two city police officers will have radios to turn the system on," she said.
The new system will cover approximately 5,000 feet and should alert everyone in the city when extreme weather is approaching.
"It is the most powerful battery powered siren available anywhere. It uses two, eight high powered, direct current motors. It has two rotors of differing frequencies," Pace said.
"All of our officers have weather radios. We have recently had some strong winds and tornados very close to our area. The siren will only be used when the weather is extreme and dangerous," the mayor said.
U.S. Senators Blanch Lincoln and Mark Pryor along with Rep. Marion Berry announced April 4 that emergency management, first responders and law enforcement in the city of Mammoth Spring would receive federal funds from the USDA Rural Development program.
In a news advisory sent from Berry's office he said, "This system will provide greater awareness during inclement weather to alert citizens to dangers in the area."
"Rural Americans face unique challenges and these federal funds will help improve our rural communities by providing critical safety measures," Lincoln said. "I applaud local officials for working to secure these significant investments that will enhance the quality of life for residents."
"These are wise investments that will protect lives as well as provide peace of mind," said Pryor. "Our brave first responders deserve the very best resources in order to get the job done right."
Pace said she is thankful for the grant and said the new siren system will be an asset to the city.