Warning Sirens

Tornado and LighteningThe Osage County 911/Emergency Operations Center tests the outdoor warning sirens on the first Monday of each month at noon.  Sirens are located in Argyle, Belle, Freeburg, East and West side of Linn, Linn State Technical College, Meta, Rich Fountain and Westphalia. To avoid duplicate testing in Chamois, the Callaway Nuclear Plant tests the Chamois sirens on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.  Sirens tests will not occur during inclement weather.

If you cannot hear the warning sirens indoors, it’s because these sirens are an outdoor warning system designed to alert those who are outside that something dangerous is approaching.  If you hear the sirens, go inside and tune to your local radio or television stations for more information. 

On testing days, the newer sirens (Argyle, Freeburg, Meta, East & West side of Linn, Meta and Westphalia) will announce, “This is a test.  This is a test of the emergency warning system.  This is only a test.”  Westminster Chimes will play, then “This has been a test of the emergency warning system.  This was only a test.” 

For actual emergencies the sirens will sound and alert tone for 3 minutes, then announce, “A tornado warning is in effect!  Seek shelter now! Tune to your local TV station for further information.  Seek shelter now!”

The older sirens (Belle, Chamois, LSTC & Rich Fountain) will sound the alert tone for both test and actual emergencies.