Laurel Co. looking to add storm sirens, shelters

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

March 2nd marked one of the worst if not the worst tornado outbreak eastern Kentucky has ever seen.

Now many counties are looking at ways they can keep their citizens safer in times of severe weather.

Laurel County is hoping they will receive funding so they can add more storm sirens and storm shelters across the county.

"We don't know when another one may hit, and we want to protect our people if at all possible," said Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield.

But Mother Nature's unpredictability that Laurel County knows first hand has officials looking to add more safety features throughout the county.

Currently they only have two sirens in London and Keavy, but they are hoping that changes soon.

They are looking to add more sirens and storm shelters in many different areas.

"It's been an interest of ours for several years, but we have never been able to get the funding. Hopefully now that this has happened in our community that we could possibly get some funding in the near future," said Westerfield.

Even counties not affected by the March 2nd tornadoes are looking at safety improvements.

Whitley County only has sirens in Williamsburg in Corbin. They are looking to add more sirens in areas outside of the cities.

"It's very important, and it's something we are defiantly looking into. Again they are so expensive to purchase, but you can't really put a price on public safety," said Director of Projects in Whitley County Amber Owens.

At more than $20,000 a siren, both counties are hoping to get funding through there Hazard Mitigation Plans.

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