St. Louis County activated a new outdoor warning system in January 2012. The new system has 199 sirens, most located at new sites to more efficiently cover the entire County population. The $7.5 million system was funded by revenue from an Emergency Communications Sales Tax, which was passed by County voters in November 2009. The $100 million bond issue will also replace individual police, fire and EMS communications systems, uniting them under one system.
The sirens give instantaneous feedback on their functional status. This feature will reduce the amount of “down time” and provide for quicker repairs. Remember that the outdoor warning sirens are designed to be heard outside. The Office of Emergency Management still recommends that weather alert radios be used inside homes and businesses.
If you have any questions regarding the outdoor warning system, please contact the Director of the Emergency Communications Network (ECN), David Barney at 314-615-2562.