Student wins Macon-Bibb EMA contest, tests emergency siren

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One lucky seven-year-old sounded sirens Wednesday morning for Macon-Bibb County.

William Martin won a contest to work the monthly emergency siren test.

He was first place in the shelter in place drill contest on social media. EMA director Spencer Hawkins says the amount of participation was overwhelming.

“It is extremely important, especially here in central Georgia, because you know those tornadoes can come at us very quickly. We need to be prepared and we need to know what to do if something happens,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins says he’s hoping to make the contest even bigger next year.

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