The City of Cassville has released several tips for monitoring severe weather. Officials encourage area residents to be familiar with a variety of local notification systems.
"Joplin's disaster has reminded us that any one emergency notification system has the potential to fail or not work as expected in an emergency," said Dana Kammerlohr, police chief. "Sometimes you may not hear the emergency sirens, your satellite or cable television may go out, or a weather radio doesn't receive or send an alert.
"Mostly, we want people to be aware of the weather and have many ways to determine if there is danger in their area," said Kammerlohr. "Everyone needs to have a plan in place as to where they will go in case of a tornado or other emergency in their area. Always be prepared for any type of disaster situation."
The city released the following tips for monitoring severe weather:
* Residents should know where sirens are located in respect to their homes and work locations. They should also be aware of testing schedules and learn how easy or difficult it is to hear sirens at their home or business.
* Every resident should have at least one weather radio in their home. Ensure the radio is programmed to the proper local setting and have extra batteries available in case electric services are interrupted.
* Television and radio weather alerts and warnings should be closely monitored. Sign up for email or cell phone notifications.
* Cell phone users should research weather notification applications available through their service provider. Some applications are available for free with data plans.
* Bookmark and know how to navigate weather websites, and sign up for free weather email alerts.
For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the American Red Cross at redcross.org, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) at fema.gov/plan, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) at sema.dps.mo.gov or the National Weather Service at weather.gov/om/severeweather.