On Virginia's Tornado preparedness day, one city's attempt to keep people safe isn't getting support from the national level.
Martinsville wants sirens to warn people of a serious threat but can't get the money approved.
It's not unusual for cities or school systems to ask the state or federal government for additional security for any emergency and get funding.
Emergency leaders in Martinsville are calling their situation odd.
This is the second year Martinsville's Emergency Department applied for a nearly $200,000 from the state to pay for eight sirens.
Last year the Virginia Department of Emergency Management denied the request.
This year the state accepted the grant request and handed the details to the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA for a second approval.
Because of recent sequestration cuts, FEMA is putting grants on hold.
Martinsville's Emergency Coordinator says it could be weeks, months or years before the city hears if the sirens are approved.
"I don't look to hear anything right away no... We would use it for severe wind type events primarily for tornado warnings. I probably would have elected to go ahead and use it for that storm we had back in June," said Bob Phillips, the Emergency Coordinator for Martinsville.
Right now Martinsville has two sirens that were installed in the early 1960's.
They're loud but not everyone outside can hear them.
City emergency leaders wanted to upgrade the warning system with sirens to tell people without power to look for shelter.
Now they're looking at other emergency warning options.