• 68°

Granite Quarry looks at new siren system

By Mark Wineka
mwineka@salisburypost.com
GRANITE QUARRY — Civil defense sirens are in place at 20 of 34 fire departments in Rowan County, including Granite Quarry.
Most can be automatically activated from the Rowan County Emergency Services communications center, when the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for our area.
The sirens sound for 3 minutes, as an alert for people outside that violent weather is on the way and that they should seek appropriate shelter.
Granite Quarry’s siren, however, is not automatically activated by the county communications center. It must be done manually.
Fire Chief David Morris told the Granite Quarry Board of Aldermen that it raises some concerns for him because, many times, his personnel already may be dispatched away from the station and no one is left to operate the siren manually.
Setting up the automatic feature through the county would cost $500 to $1,500, Morris estimated. He recommended that he investigate further, and aldermen gave him the OK.
Alderman Eloise Peeler also asked whether the Fire Department could be made available to residents as a storm shelter, for people concerned about the stability of their own residences or for those who would rather not be alone. Morris said the fire station can fill that need.
April was a record month in North Carolina for tornadoes.
In other business, Mayor Mary Ponds is reminding citizens that the town will be making Dumpsters available for their spring cleaning May 12-14. The town dumpsters are for the use of Granite Quarry residents only.
A Kids Fish For Fun Day will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 4 at Granite Lake Park, 500 N. Salisbury Ave. The event is for children who are in elementary school or middle school. Call 704-279-5596, extension 204, to sign up for a fishing spot or for more information.
Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

Cooper, N.C. prison officials agree to release 3,500 inmates

Coronavirus

Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Rowan, six for the week

Crime

Blotter: Man brandishes AR-15, runs over motorcycle at Rockwell-area gas station

Crime

Salisbury man charged with exploitation of minor

Crime

Road rage incident results in assault charges

Local

Dukeville lead testing results trickle in, more participation needed

Education

Faith Academy interviewing staff, preparing site for fall opening

News

Volunteers work around obstacles, alter procedures to offer free tax services to those in need

Education

Education shoutouts

Local

Retired Marine gets recognition for toy collection efforts

Local

March issue of Salisbury the Magazine is now available

Education

Five get Dunbar School Heritage Scholarships

Education

Education briefs: Salisbury Academy fourth-graders think big as inventors

Education

Bakari Sellers keynote speaker at Livingstone College Founder’s Day program

Nation/World

Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ‘equity’ push

Nation/World

Chief: Capitol Police were warned of violence before riot

Nation/World

GOP rallies solidly against Democrats’ virus relief package

Nation/World

FDA says single-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson prevents severe COVID

High School

Coaches, lawmakers react to governor’s order expanding sporting event capacity

Coronavirus

Three new COVID-19 deaths, positives remain below triple digits

BREAKING NEWS

Gov. Cooper announces end to curfew, changes to restrictions affecting bars, high school sports

Crime

Blotter: Two charged after call about package

Crime

Salisbury Police investigating two shootings

Crime

Chase involving Kernersville man ends in woods behind Carson High School