Minneapolis secures $1 million appropriation for early warning system

Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis) secured a $1,000,000 appropriation for the City of Minneapolis to modernize its existing community outdoor warning siren system in a bill approved by the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee last night. 

The current Minneapolis outdoor early warning siren system is comprised of 33 individual sirens designed to alert the general public that a large scale emergency exists. However, the current system is antiquated, originally built in the 1950s as part of the civil defense era warning system.  

The funds were included in the draft FY 2011 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.  The bill is expected to be on the House floor in the next few weeks.

Published Jun. 29, 2010