Citizen Safety Toolbox
Outdoor Warning Sirens
Primary Activation Control:
The Office of Emergency Management
Secondary Activation Center:
The Emergency Communications Center for the City of Springfield
Tertiary Activation and Maintenance:
Springfield Public Works Department’s Maintenance Service Center
Second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. If unable to test the sirens on the second Wednesday,
the testing is cancelled until the following month.
Can be instituted by any law enforcement officer, firefighter, trained Emergency Management weather
spotter, or National Weather Service representative when reporting a funnel cloud or tornado that is
threatening the safety of Springfield or Urban Service Area of Springfield residents.
Springfield, Willard, Ash Grove, Strafford, and Battlefield
Sirens are Outdoor Warning Devices
All siren warning system vendors make it clear in their marketing literature that storm/Civil
Defense sirens are outdoor warning devices. The National Weather Service and most media agencies–
written and broadcast–understand and try to educate the public to this fact. The Federal Emergency
Management website contains many statements regarding sirens being outdoor warning devices and that
people should use other means for indoor alerting.
A person needs to use multiple warning methods to ensure they are adequately alerted to a tornado or
other imminent danger. Let the warning siren system serve to gain peoples’ attention while out of
doors. People indoors should use radio, television, cable override, and an alert weather radio to
keep themselves informed as to the weather or other threats that are occurring in the community.
People must accept the responsibility of keeping themselves informed as to the outlook for stormy
weather and other developing dangers within the community. Based on this outlook or potential for
danger, they need to conduct their activities and focus their attention to those means of being
alerted whenever tornadoes or other dangers threaten. Broadcast media, paging services, alert
devices such as the NOAA weather alert radio, and/or an Emergency Alert System capable radio can
provide this support day and night, on land or on water. But for them to work, people must accept
responsibility for their own safety and use the tools that can best serve in sustaining that safety.
Government can no longer, given today’s complex world, fully gain the attention of all people in the
community and warn them of tornadoes or other imminent dangers. This makes it imperative that people
stay alert to developing severe weather and other situations.
Weather Alert Radio Importance Increased
In January 2002, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) signed an agreement that allows emergency services to use weather alert
radios to warn people for all hazards: weather, hazardous materials releases, earthquakes, and
terrorist attacks. The benefit of the weather alert radio has increased significantly. It is no
longer solely a weather alert tool.
Siren Concerns Tracked and Investigated
Safe Room Map
Outdoor Warning Siren Map
The Office of Emergency Management and Public Works (Siren Maintenance) track concerns and other
calls received regarding the new siren system. The techniques used by Public Works and the Office of
Emergency Management have validated that the new siren system is meeting or exceeding factory
specifications in the areas where complaints have been received. When a complaint is received,
individuals are stationed in the area where sirens are said to be inaudible, along with sensitive
sound test equipment. Then, the sirens are activated and results are documented and reported to city
leaders. Normally those who filed the complaint are asked to be present during the test. Send an
email to the Office of Emergency Management.
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