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What's Up With The Emergency Sirens Going Off?

The St. Louis area is seeing more snow this week, but that's not the reason you're hearing sirens around the area.

Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, Missourians statewide will hear tornado sirens go off for the second day in a row. Rest assured, you still have nothing to worry about.

Monday's test, heard at 11:00 a.m., was the regularly scheduled test of emergency sirens in St. Louis County.

Tuesday's version is part of a statewide Tornado drill in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week. At 1:30 p.m. the National Weather service will issue a Tornado Warning as part of the exercise, triggering the sirens.

The test is done to draw attention awareness to the importance of knowing what to do and where you'd go in case this was the real thing.

Other days this week are devoted to safety issues with severe thunderstorms, flash floods and to promote the idea of having a NOAA Weather Radio.

Do you know what you'd do in case of a tornado?

joan colegrove March 05, 2013 at 07:59 PM
what is a noaa weather radio?
Jackson Pott March 05, 2013 at 09:07 PM
A very inexpensive radio that sends an alert of approaching bad weather conditions. Can purchase at Walmart or just about any local store. However it can be set to alert you to just about anything: from Wikipedia-NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards is a network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from a nearby National Weather Service (NWS) office. It is operated by the NWS, an agency of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) within the United States Department of Commerce. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day. It also broadcasts alerts of non-weather emergencies such as national security, natural, environmental, and public safety (see: AMBER Alert) through the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System
Steve Leipziger March 06, 2013 at 02:05 AM
surely you can find something better to write about

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