The city of Camdenton is addressing concerns over their warning systems after tornado sirens were not activated during a recent severe weather event. Last Friday evening, a few minutes before 6pm, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning. The affected coverage area began eight miles south of the city and stretched into parts of Laclede and Pulaski counties. Mid-County Fire Chief Scott Frandsen addressed the issue on “The Ozarks Today” on KRMS and says the city’s sirens were not activated in that case based on the city’s policy, which was amended several years ago.
The policy was changed to help prevent complacency resulting from potentially setting them off several times an evening for storm events that did not threaten the city. Frandsen also stressed that the sirens will only help those outside or within relatively close proximity. You’re encouraged to use radio, television, or cell phone apps to get fast, reliable information.
Anyone with questions or concerns regarding the policy is encouraged to call city hall at 346-3600.