Missouri launches Web site to help Missourians be prepared for tornadoes and severe storms
Missouri StormAware Web site includes videos on sheltering and storm warning systems; stormaware.mo.gov also includes links to severe weather texting services
The State Emergency Management Agency today announced Missouri has launched a new
Web site to help inform and prepare Missourians for severe weather. Stormaware.mo.gov
includes detailed videos on how to take shelter in specific types of buildings, important
information about tornado sirens and weather alert radios, and links to severe weather texting
services that can alert people across Missouri to upcoming severe weather.
"We think Missouri StormAware will be a valuable tool to educate all Missourians about the
steps they can take to help protect themselves from dangerous severe weather," State
Emergency Management Agency Director Paul D. Parmenter said. "We're providing
very specific information about the safest places in different types of buildings, pointing out the
limitations of tornado sirens that people should be aware of, and directing Missourians to text
messaging systems that provide severe storm warnings.”
The Missouri StormAware Web site shows how people can find the safest place to shelter in
their house and the steps mobile home residents should take as soon as they move in to their
residences. There's also information for sheltering in schools, places of worship and other large
gathering places. A video on tornado sirens and how they are used explains that they are
designed to alert only people who are outdoors, and should not be relied upon while indoors. In
another video, a National Weather Service meteorologist explains the importance of weather
alert radios and recommends that every Missouri family have one in their home.
An important feature of the StormAware site allows users to find text messaging services in their
area that will allow them to get automatic text alerts whenever a severe storm warning is issued
in their area. The services, which are not provided by the state of Missouri, are free, but normal
text messaging rates will apply.
"We will also be adding additional content and we hope that Missourians will visit, sign up for
text messaging alerts in their area, refer friends and relatives to the site and then check back
periodically to learn more about being StormAware," Parmenter said.