City gets new outdoor warning system on eve of tornado season
AUDRAIN - The town of Martinsburg held a ceremony Friday for its new outdoor warning system which was installed Monday.
The outdoor warning system is the first one in the city in five years.
The siren may have come on-line just in time as severe weather hit most of the Midwest this week. Thursday, a tornado struck an Illinois town without an early warning system, resulting in the death of at least two people.
Sirens cost more than $9,000, which might be too much for some smaller communities.
According to Boone County Fire, sirens are distributed by the density of population. According to a map provided by Boone County Fire, most of the sirens are centered in Columbia with only 15 sirens centered outside of the Columbia region.
Boone County Fire admits they do not have the resources to cover everyone in Boone County.
A spokesperson for Boone County Fire said those people who are out of earshot should try to make sure they have access to weather reports so they know when extreme weather is on the way.