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DeSoto County installs new storm sirens

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HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - New storm sirens are being installed at locations throughout DeSoto County, officials said Thursday.

The the new sirens have a different look and sound compared to the ones most people are used to.

DeSoto County EMA Director Bobby Storey said the new sirens, which are solar and voice activated, will save the city money and will help in populated settings like schools and parks.

"It will chirp once or twice, and at that point will tell you whether it's a tornado warning in this area, and it will sound the siren," Storey said.

Storey said the added voice is critical, because sometimes a voice can get attention that a regular siren can't.

"On school campuses sometimes if the siren goes off they don't give it any thought, but if you hear a human voice or message then it goes out to every place in the path of a storm," he said.

According to Storey, with the additional 15 sirens, DeSoto County now has at least one in each municipality and 11 throughout the county - 53 in all.

Storey said the sirens are a great addition, but people should continue to stay aware while at home, and should have a weather radio handy.

Officials hope to have all the sirens installed and operational by December 1.

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