GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN)—This week, Geneva County EMA Director Brian Smith received approval to reduce the audible check of the county’s weather sirens.

At Monday’s county commission meeting, Smith says the weekly testing of each of the county’s 11 sirens is causing damage to the sounding mechanism.

Smith says once a month is more than sufficient to test the audible portion of the 11 devices the county oversees. The city of Hartford maintains its own sirens.

In the event of a tornado warning, the sirens will go off in the affected areas. The cost to repair the sirens can be quite expensive.

Besides the sirens, Smith urges residents to be linked into the county’s cell phone text-driven weather warning system.