Citizen’s Safety Toolbox

Outdoor Warning Siren Testing: Second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. If unable to test the sirens on the second Wednesday, the testing is cancelled until the following month

Sirens are Outdoor Warning Devices

  • All siren warning system vendors make it clear in their marketing literature that storm/Civil Defense sirens are outdoor warning devices. The National Weather Service and most media agencies– written and broadcast–understand and try to educate the public to this fact. The Federal Emergency Management website contains many statements regarding sirens being outdoor warning devices and that people should use other means for indoor alerting.
  • A person needs to use multiple warning methods to ensure they are adequately alerted to a tornado or other imminent danger. Let the warning siren system serve to gain peoples’ attention while out of doors. People indoors should use radio, television, cable override, and an alert weather radio to keep themselves informed as to the weather or other threats that are occurring in the community.
  • People must accept the responsibility of keeping themselves informed as to the outlook for stormy weather and other developing dangers within the community. Based on this outlook or potential for danger, they need to conduct their activities and focus their attention to those means of being alerted whenever tornadoes or other dangers threaten. Broadcast media, paging services, alert devices such as the NOAA weather alert radio, and/or an Emergency Alert System capable radio can provide this support day and night, on land or on water. But for them to work, people must accept responsibility for their own safety and use the tools that can best serve in sustaining that safety. Government can no longer, given today’s complex world, fully gain the attention of all people in the community and warn them of tornadoes or other imminent dangers. This makes it imperative that people stay alert to developing severe weather and other situations.

Weather Alert Radio Importance Increased

  • In January 2002, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) signed an agreement that allows emergency services to use weather alert radios to warn people for all hazards: weather, hazardous materials releases, earthquakes, and terrorist attacks. The benefit of the weather alert radio has increased significantly. It is no longer solely a weather alert tool.


Agency/Organization Name Emergency Number Non-Emergency Number
Police (City of Lebanon) 911 (417) 532-3131
Laclede County Sheriff 911 (417) 532-2311
Missouri Highway Patrol (417) 895-6800 (471) 895-6868
Lebanon Fire 911 (417) 532-2104
Rural Fire Departments 911 (417) 532-7678
Mercy EMS 911 (417) 533-6100
Mercy Hospital (417) 533-6100
Laclede County Office of Emergency Management 911 (417) 532-6992
Poison Control Center (800) 366-8888
Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 494-7355
Hazardous Materials
MDNR Environmental Emergency Response (573) 634-2436
EPA Region VII (913) 281-0991
National Response Center (800) 424-8802