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Kansas and Missouri emergency officials team up to remind people to be prepared ahead of severe weather
If you grew up in the Midwest, the sound of emergency sirens is one you get used to. Almost blending into the background but in an emergency, the sound may save your life.
“When you hear the siren, anytime, we don’t want people to say, ‘well I’ve got five minutes to get to shelter,’” Jennifer Fales with Kansas City, Missouri Emergency management said. “When you hear the sirens, it’s time to take safety precautions.”
“This time of year, every year, we are always thinking about severe weather and it can happen anywhere in the United States almost anytime of the year,” Dan Robeson said, with Johnson County Emergency Management. “We’re getting into this season in the Kansas City metro area, where we really need to make sure everyone’s thinking about that.”
Mark Downey, a Lenexa resident, said he was giving a presentation at the time of the testing.
“I was pretty engrossed in what I was doing. I didn’t get a chance to hear them.”
Kansas City is checking out one report of a siren not going off and emergency management welcomes these types of reports. On a rare occasion, a siren may be broken. That’s why emergency management does silent tests daily. A full test the first Wednesday of the month. A great time to practice your family emergency plan. One can be found on the KCMO website.
Besides the sirens, Johnson County Emergency Managers tested their Notify JoCo system.
“So if there`s a hazardous material incident and people need to seek shelter or evacuate an area. You can also opt in to receive tornado warnings and tornado watch information for the system in a variety of other emergencies where time is of the essence,” Roberson said.