February 13-- Installation of a new emergency alert system for residents living within ten miles of Plant Hatch is getting underway.
Toombs County Emergency Management Agency Director Lynn Moore says the federal government is mandating installation of 76 sirens in Toombs, Appling, Jeff Davis and Tattnall Counties.
Thirty-eight sirens will be located in lower Toombs County to sound the alarm in case there is an emergency at the nuclear plant.
"Plant Hatch is the only nuclear facility in the United States which does not have sirens. Once we get this installation done, sirens will be the number one warning device and Code Red will be the number two warning device. We hope to do away with the weather alert radioes," Moore reports.
Moore estimates it could take nearly two years to get all the sirens installed, tested and approved for use by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Southern Company has awarded a $5 million contract to McCord Communications of Anniston, Alabama to do the work.