Tornado Siren Testing This Week

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – With this weekend’s rash of tornadoes still top of mind. St. Louis County will be re-testing warning sirens which, in some areas, have not bee up to par.   St. Louis County’s new system is suppose to be superior to its predecessor, but in the testing so far, some of these sirens have not been loud enough.

There are 185 sirens around town and 24, more than 10 percent of them, will be re-tested this week. The new system was activated last September, but there have been on-going complaints in areas about sirens being too quiet. Officials say this is all part of the process of getting it right.

Tests will go between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. all this week. You’ll hear an announcement saying “This is only a test” prior to them going off.   Also, keep in mind, officials say these sirens are designed to be heard outside, not necessarily inside. Weather radios are still recommended for inside your home.