Monday night, the mayors and Boards of Aldermen from both towns met with Gayle Beard, Civil Defense Director, and Phil Costilow, fire chief for the Carrollton-North Carrollton Fire Department, about the upcoming installation of weather sirens, a majority of the cost funded through a grant. One siren will be located behind the fire department in North Carrollton and the other across from the old Moore Service Station on Highway 82 in the area behind the "Welcome to Carrollton" sign.
The sirens can be activated from three locations: The Emergency Operations Center office on Highway 35, the Carrollton-North Carrollton Fire Department, and remotely from the fire chief's vehicle.
Both sirens have battery backups that will work despite a power outage.
According to Costilow, the sirens will be installed in the next couple of weeks, and testing will follow.
Testing will be done on a weekly basis, with a full-scale live alert occurring each Wednesday at noon.
In the case of an emergency, different signals will alert the public to certain situations. When needed for a tornado warning, the siren will blast a "hi-low" signal sounding much like the fire truck sounds; for a thunderstorm warning a "single" constant signal will blast. Signals will last for three minutes, silent for 5 minutes and start over.
These signals will only sound if there is eminent danger for Carrollton and/or North Carrollton. Signals will be for warnings only.