$10,000 grant awarded to Crisp County after Irma damage


    Sheriff Hancock looks over weather radios purchased with GEMA grant money//Photo: Shelby Williams

    The Crisp County Sheriff's Office is grateful after receiving a potentially life-saving grant.

    GEMA awarded $10,000 to Crisp County Emergency Management for the purchase new weather radios that will be installed across the county.

    The radios helps warn people of severe weather approaching the area.

    Crisp County hospitals, office buildings, and schools will be given one of the new radios.

    Sheriff Billy Hancock said the grant came at the perfect time.

    "A grant in Crisp County in the 2017 storm of Irma that came in with a tornado that did a lot of damage in southwest Georgia," said Hancock. "10,000 dollars was awarded to Crisp County Emergency Management Agency through GEMA and Homeland Security to put in weather radios."

    300 weather radios were purchased with the grant money, and the plan is to pass them out the first week of March.

    Next, Crisp County plans on applying for a grant to purchase generators.

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