ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- St. Louis County wants to add another 12 tornado sirens to the 185 they already have in operation. David Barney with the St. Louis County Emergency Communications Commission says it's important to cover as much of the county as possible. Barney says the sirens were in full effect during the weekend storm.
The new sirens will cost about $38,000 each. The County also makes it a point to run tests on the first Monday of every month to find the trouble spots. They are also asking the public for feedback. The $450,000 tab is paid for with money collected from a 2009 emergency communications sales tax.
"If they tell us they did not hear the test, then we put it on our list and schedule a follow-up visit, test individual sirens from different locations and see if we are seeing degradation in coverage or is the siren faint," said David Barney.
The new tornado sirens are expected to arrive within the next couple of weeks and installations are set to start and possibly finish by the end of the month.
>> Get more information about St. Louis County tornado sirens here: http://www.stlouisco.com/lawandpublicsafety/emergencymanagement/stlouiscountyoutdoorwarningsirens
The Countywide siren test is on the first Monday of every month at 11:00 a.m., weather permitting.
To report a siren that does not sound during the test and is in need of repair, you may send the information via e-mail to Mr. David Barney, Emergency Communications Network Director, or call (314) 615-2562