Calhoun County Gets Chemical Weapons Funds

Anniston – ANNISTON, Al. (APR-ALABAMA PUBLIC RADIO) - The Calhoun County Commission has received $3.9 million from the federal government to prepare for chemical weapons accidents.

The commission adopted the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program budget at a regularly scheduled meeting.

The money falls short of the $5.2 million that was budgeted for the program last year and well behind the almost $70 million dollar annual budgets of years past.

The program was intended to help prepare the county for any accidents involving chemical weapons stored at the Anniston Army Depot. The money paid for tone alert radios, warning sirens, improved public safety communication systems and household protective gear for many residents.

The Army began destroying the chemical stockpile in 2003, a process that is expected to be completed this year.