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Storm Siren Policies May Vary Between Cities

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Now that we're in Spring storm season -- we want to remind you, that you need to know your community's storm siren policy. Most municipalities are responsible for its own policy, so it's important to stay informed, that information could be a life-saver.  
Bob Owen has been in the Joplin car industry for over 60 years. And if there's a change in weather, Bob says he's always one of the first to know, thanks not only to Mother Nature, but to the city's 34 warning sirens.

"We know all about those storm sirens, this place here was leveled twice," he said.
 
That was back in the 19501950'sday, thanks to technology, the Director of Emergency Management Keith Stammer says you'll hear a siren in Joplin only if a tornado has been spotted, or if thunder storm winds exceed 75 miles per hour.
 
"In Jasper County, when we activate our storm sirens they mean one thing and one thing only, seek shelter," Stammer said.
 
Stammer says Jasper County puts out three minutes worth of sirens with a three minute break. Stammer says there is no "all clear" siren, because that only leads to more confusion. But don't expect this to be the case everywhere.  

"There is no nationwide standard for siren activation," Stammer said. "In our particular area we only use them for severe thunder storms or tornadoes."

Stammer stresses that if you are indoors it's likely you won't hear the outdoor sirens, which is why it's so important to have a weather radio in your home,
or have an app on your smartphonsmart phoney you can know when it's safe to come outside.

"Today's homes are very tight, they are sound resistant, to depend on a siren on the outside that you may or may not hear is very difficult, it's extremely important that you be warned personally," Stammer said.

As for Bob, he says when storm sirens go off, so do his customers. But says he must be doing something right if he's been around this long.  

"Normal people would probably make them pretty nervous, but I just call home to see if everything is alright there," he said.

Stammer says those outside of Joplin should check to learn about storm siren policies in their communities.    

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