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All nine tornado sirens in Munford and Atoka are now fully functional.
For more than a year, various problems had arisen causing some of the sirens not to work.
According to Alan Barkelew, Munford's fire chief, they are all working now.
“All of them have been working great,” Barkelew said. “We've been doing our tests and they are all working.”
Tupelo, Miss.-based Precision Communications repaired the Whelan sirens late last month.
While sirens can be helpful, Barkelew said people should not rely on them when there is a threat of severe weather. He said sirens are just one of several ways to stay informed about approaching severe weather.
“They are really for people who are outside,” Barkelew said. “There are apps you can get on your phone. You can buy a weather radio, which are pretty cheap.”
Munford Mayor Dwayne Cole said getting the sirens in working order was high on the city's to-do list.
“It's been a priority of ours,” Cole said. “We've sought to immediately address this issue.”
Additionally, Tipton County Emergency Management Agency Director Tommy Dunavant said all six of Covington's sirens are working correctly as well.
"We do what we can to keep up with them," he said. "People trust them."
Dunavant encourages the use of smartphones and other notification systems, such as weather radios, for weather-related information as well.

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