UNION SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) -- Bullock County officials say equipment malfunctions and maintenance costs have led them to remove the county's 18 storm sirens.
WSFA-TV reports the south Alabama county is the only one in the state to remove its storm signals. The television station reports leaders in Chilton County say they're also considering removing their 36 sirens, which cost $75,000 a year to maintain.
Aside from $20,000 in annual maintenance costs and equipment malfunctions, Bullock County Commissioner Johnny Adams says the sirens have a sound range of about one mile and the county would need 200 sirens for the network to be effective.
Adams says county leaders are encouraging residents to sign up for Alabama Safe-T-Net -- a free, web-based alert system that uses text messages, phone calls and emails to deliver notifications.