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Storm Siren Activation Policy for Joplin

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Storm Sirens shall be activated when:

1. The National Weather Service issues a TORNADO WARNING, OR a trained spotter reports a tornado:

  • In Jasper County, Missouri; Newton County, Missouri; or Cherokee County, Kansas
  • AND the tornado path includes the City of Joplin

2. Or the National Weather Service reports a storm system producing life threatening winds:

  • In Jasper County, Missouri; Newton County, Missouri; or Cherokee County, Kansas 
  • AND the storm path includes the City of Joplin ·

Storm Siren Activation to Warn of An Actual Severe Weather Event

  • The sirens sound a steady tone for three minutes. They may be sounded multiple times, as warranted, with pauses in between soundings.
  • The sounding of the sirens means "Move inside immediately and Seek Cover!"
  • Each siren activation indicates a tornado/high speed wind event is approaching the City.

Joplin does not sound an all-clear siren. Please listen to your NOAA Weather Radio or other info source.

Storm Siren Testing

  • Storm sirens will be tested on the second Wednesday of each month at 1000 hrs.
  • The monthly siren test will last for three minutes.
  • Audible Testing will NOT take place:

-During times when thunderstorms are predicted in the area, or are actually in the area 

-During freezing weather conditions 

-If the sirens are not tested due to either of the above situations, the sirens will be audibly tested at the next regularly scheduled date and time. There will be no "make-up" test. 

  • Siren repair - testing will only occur following a minimal time period needed to notify the media and public that a siren will be tested. This is usually 24 hours' notice.

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