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New Sirens for Rural Linn Co. Areas

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--Linn County citizens in rural areas will soon get a little more protection.

Six new outdoor warning sirens have now been approved for installation.

Robin Schmitz and her husband love camping.

"We've been coming here for at least ten years, said Robin Schmitz, and there's one thing they never forget to bring with them.

"Our weather radio, it gives us advance warning at least we can get a heads up and kind of watch for the weather. Take cover."

That's because some locations here in Pinicon Ridge Park, don't have a warning siren.

"The areas where these Sirens are going are isolated from any other locations where there are outdoor warning sirens right now within the county, Mike Goldberg, Director of the Linn County Emergency Management Agency.

Goldberg says the new sirens aren't only meant for weather warnings; they are also part of hazard mitigation efforts.

"They are situational awareness devices and that's why we wanted them out there so that people would be aware of what's going on,

Because Linn County received grant money to fund the project, the sirens will be the first to be owned and controlled by the board of supervisors.

"There are 109 sirens that are part of the Duane Arnold Energy System out door warning, but it's owned by the Duane Arnold Energy Center, not the board of supervisors, Goldberg said.

Back in Pinicon Ridge, Robin says she's glad an additional safety tool will soon be place.

"I think it's just always an ongoing thing. You never know sometimes until something happens what you can do, better late than never, she said.

The project costs almost 150,000 dollars. It's scheduled to be completed by October 31st.
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