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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
  • Testing: 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.
  • Activation: Sirens are activated when:

    • NWS issues a tornado warning with the jurisdiction in the warned polygon and in the path of the storm
    • A trained spotter reports rotation, funnel cloud, or tornado in the jurisdiction; may include storms tracking towards the jurisdiction from Greene County or adjacent counties
    • NWS issues a thunderstorm warning producing life threatening winds approximately 75 mph or greater
    • A trained spotter reports life threatening winds approximately 75 mph or greater in or approaching the jurisdiction
    • Monthly siren test – second Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m., weather permitting.
    • Maintenance as needed

Sirens are Outdoor Warning Devices

  • The primary purpose of the outdoor warning system is to warn people who are outdoors to seek shelter immediately. We encourage you to adopt additional weather alert systems to ensure you receive updated weather-related information in real-time during severe weather and other emergency events.
  • Keep a weather radio on hand, enable emergency alerts on your smartphone, sign up for local weather alerts through media partners, tune in to local news and weather coverage on TV and follow relevant official agencies like OEM and the National Weather Service on social media.

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.

Report a Siren

  • Need to report a siren issue? Click here to send an email to OEM. City of Springfield’s Public Works department maintains all sirens located within the city limits of Springfield, and follows up on all reported siren issues with additional research or testing. Sirens located in surrounding municipalities are maintained by the respective municipality.

Preparedness Resources

Emergency Numbers

For any life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1!

Springfield – Greene County Area Phone Numbers

Agency/Organization Name Emergency Number Non-Emergency Number
Police (All Greene County Communities) 911 (417) 864-1810
Sheriff 911 (417) 868-4040
Missouri Highway Patrol (417) 895-6800 (471) 895-6868
Springfield Fire 911 (417) 864-1500
Rural Fire Departments 911  
Ambulance
Cox Health EMS 911 (417) 269-3773
Mercy EMS 911 (417) 820-2300
Hospitals
Mercy Hospital   (417) 820-2000
Cox Health Systems-North   (417) 269-3000
Cox Health Systems-South   (417) 269-6000
(417) 837-4000
Ozarks Community Hospital   (417) 837-4000
(417) 837-4001
Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management 911 (417) 869-6040
Poison Control Center   (800) 366-8888
Suicide Prevention Hotline   (800) 494-7355
Hazardous Materials
MDNR Environmental Emergency Response   (573) 634-2436
EPA Region VII   (913) 281-0991
National Response Center   (800) 424-8802


Mission Statement

The Springfield-Greene County Emergency Management Program along with community stakeholders strives to be a national model of best practices in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery against high-impact events to reduce loss of life, damage to property and harm to the environment. The Springfield-Greene County Emergency Management Program promotes enhanced regionalization of emergency management across southwest Missouri.

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Contact Us

Office of Emergency Management Greene County Public Safety Center
330 W Scott Street
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 869-6040 (417) 869-6654 oeminfo@greenecountymo.gov

Monday-Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm (except holidays). A staff member assigned as Duty Officer maintains an on-call, 24/7 status.

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