New Tornado Sirens for St. Louis County

Testing Tornado Sirens

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County now has two more tornado sirens and a shorter monthly test procedure.

One is at the Kirkwood Firehouse #2 on Big Bend Boulevard and Marshall Road.  The second is in Bridgeton near Fee Fee Road and Caramel Court.
The county`s emergency communications commission now has 199 sirens in its network.  Commissioners said residents asked for new devices and complained they did not always hear the alerts during active tornado warnings.

The number of sirens has gone up.  But, the length of monthly test has gone down.  Instead of testing the sirens for three minutes, officials will sound them for only one.  Officials say residents also asked for the shorter test, and that new technology will still make sure the equipment is running well.

But, commissioners want residents to know two things.  In the case of a real weather emergency, the sirens will sound for three full minutes.  Second, some residents may not be able to hear them indoors each time.  So, officials strongly recommend everyone purchase an indoor weather radio before tornado season hits the area.

You can call the St. Louis County Emergency Communications Commission at (314) 615-2562.  You can also find more information on those radios here:

http://www.stlouisco.com/LawandPublicSafety/EmergencyManagement/WeatherAlertRadios

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