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Is Richmond County Ready For A Tornado?

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Jason Nappi, meteorologist of WJBF-TV says, "Does Richmond County have any tornado sirens in this area?"

Wayne Taylor, Special Operations Chief of Richmond County says, "No, we don't. There are certain uh like Georgia Regents University has weather sirens for their campus and that kind of thing."

Chief Taylor says a siren system in Richmond County is one thing officials are considering for the future.

But he says that would mean a raise in taxes and I asked Augustan's how they would feel about that.

Lewis P. Bolher Jr. of Augusta says, "Yes, that's an acceptable raise and I certainly would be. We cannot overstate the importance of a warning that a tornado is about to come in. So, yes I would be in favor of that."

Pearlie Lambert of Augusta says, "Because I think it's important, they're saving lives and I think lives are very important."

Lambert survived through severe weather in Florida and knows the importance of being prepared.

Lambert says, "I was in Hurricane Andrew and Cleo, yes and it was terrible I mean in Miami. Everything got just blown away and torn up. It was really sad it took those people some time to build back up. Ya know it did a lot of damage in Ft. Lauderdale too where I came from." 

Another Augustan I spoke with is for anything to keep the community safe.

Rod Spurgeon of Augusta says, "Our people perish with a lack of knowledge. What you don't know can kill you. People dying in these storms because they don't know what's on their phone can help them. Kids dying on the street because leaders won't lead them. Somebody gotta do something."

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