Essex County, N.Y., is getting a new emergency communication system.
During Tropical Storm Irene many first responders couldn't communicate with each other. Through the project, officials say they hope to have different agencies on the same system in case of an emergency like Irene.
Permits for the project, including upgrades to existing towers and construction of a new one, were approved Thursday for a radio system and microwave system.
Construction will begin in the spring and finish in the fall, with testing running through the spring of 2014.
The project is expected to cost about $16 million.