Assistant Fire Chief Jerry David officially began his duties as Graham’s interim Emergency Management Coordinator on Jan. 1, and new initiatives under his leadership are already taking shape.

The first project underway for the newly organized emergency management department involves the testing of all ten of the city’s warning sirens at noon every first Monday of each month beginning Feb. 5.

David said that prior to the upcoming Feb. 5 test date, the sirens haven’t been tested since April of 2013.

“We just need to get them running and make sure they’re still working correctly,” David said. “This way we won’t get surprised by a sudden upcoming storm season. We’ll keep testing the sirens all year round to make sure they’re working.”

David said that with regard to the scheduling of the testing of the warning sirens, either severe weather or personnel unavailability could postpone the time and date. Should the postponement of siren testing be deemed necessary, testing would take place the next day. 

Other projects under the emergency management department, preparatory or otherwise, are still being planned out. But David did say that one near complete transition involves the relocation of the emergency management office on the Loving Highway, directly across the street from the Graham Police Department, to the Graham Fire Station on First Street. 

Read more in Sunday's Graham Leader.