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The records: The State of Missouri Data Portal published the 2012 Local Warning Systems Consolidated Report, which includes almost 400 weather warning systems, classified by county.
Why you'd want them: The report lists providers of weather warning systems, their websites and user fees, if applicable. It offers Missouri residents a database where they can check and compare warning systems — many of which send extreme weather alerts directly to the subscribers’ cell phones.
Boone County, for example, has five available warning systems; three are free of charge.
Where you get the records: Go to the State of Missouri Data Portal’s website at http://data.mo.gov/. Click on the "Weather" link under the “Topics” section on the left-hand menu bar. The link will take you directly to the 2012 Local Warning Systems Consolidated Report.
How much it will cost: These records are free.