Jefferson City looks to improve storm warning system

Friday, June 3, 2011 | 11:09 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — After a deadly tornado hit southwest Missouri, officials in the state's capital city have decided to look into upgrading Jefferson City's storm warning system.

Two of Jefferson City's 15 warning sirens currently are not working, and many of its other sirens are old.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports that the city's public safety committee has decided to seek proposals for two different early warning systems.

One would replace the old rotary sirens with newer digital sirens capable of broadcasting numerous sounds and covering twice the area as the current sirens. Another option would create a phone alert system to warn people of severe weather through text messages or phone calls. City officials say the phone system would not replace the sirens, but would supplement them.

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