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April 1, 2013
Helpful severe weather tips:
Along with Maryville Public Safety and in accordance with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Region H test schedule, Northwest Missouri State University is changing the test times for its local network of outdoor warning sirens.
Beginning Wednesday, April 3, Northwest and the city will test its warning sirens at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. The new time also coincides with a weekly NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio test.
Six sirens, which double as public address systems, are located throughout the city of Maryville, including one on the Northwest campus. A seventh siren is located at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park.
On subsequent Wednesdays, emergency officials will conduct a local outdoor warning system test that includes the ringing of church bells.
“Essentially, we are trying to satisfy both local requirements and participate in the same tests as Troop H (of the highway patrol),” Maryville Public Safety Director Keith Wood said. “The goal is to standardize the testing practice.”
In the event of severe weather, the sirens are activated when the National Weather Service, local spotters or law enforcement officers report a tornado or other storm poses an immediate threat.
If the storm system produces a tornado or has the potential to do so within two or three miles of Maryville, the sirens will be activated.
Wood said the decision to change the times of the tests was made locally, and the standardization should benefit residents locally and regionally.
Additionally, Maryville Public Safety invites local residents to sign up for its Textcaster Alert System, which allows law enforcement to send text messages containing updates about severe weather, criminal activity or other emergency responses. Signup is free and accessible at www.maryville.org.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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