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Sirens will NOT be tested Wednesday, Nov. 11 due to weather forecast

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Due to the weather forecast for tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 11, the City of Joplin Emergency Management Office stated that the outdoor weather warning siren testing will NOT take place. The siren test is normally scheduled for 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.  This cancellation is in accordance with the City’s policy to not test them if inclement weather is in the forecast or occurring in the area.

Other towns in the Joplin metro area, including Carl Junction, Carthage and Webb City, have also announced that they will not test their sirens tomorrow.

Citizens should be aware that the next scheduled testing date would be on Wednesday, December 9.

Keith Stammer, Emergency Management Director, reminds people that the siren warning is an alert for people who are outside, and is not designed to be heard from indoors. “The sirens provide a warning for anyone who is out of doors to go indoors, if possible, and take shelter,” he said. “People indoors cannot always expect to hear the outdoor warning sirens.”

Stammer encourages residents to utilize a NOAA Weather Radio that provides a warning signal when the area is under a watch or a warning. “The advantage of having a weather radio is that you hear the alerts directly from the National Weather Service, and are kept current of the warning status.” Weather radios are available at local retailers and are priced at approximately $30.

Stammer also encourages people to watch the local television channels for updates and information about specific locations of storms. For more information, call 417-623-5858.

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