As part upcoming National Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 4-8, emergency management agencies across Taney County, including the Cities of Branson and Forsyth, will participate in the annual Statewide Severe Weather Tornado Drill at 10 am, Tuesday, March 5. This event is designed to test emergency outdoor warning sirens and Weather Radios (All-Hazards) as well as to educate the public about severe weather safety.
There are 23 outdoor warning sirens located throughout the City of Branson. These sirens are tested monthly and maintained by fire department personnel. Outdoor warning sirens are also located in the communities of Forsyth, Taneyville, and Merriam Woods.
“People need to remember that outdoor warning sirens are designed to primarily warn people that are located outdoors near area attractions such as golf courses, city parks, and school athletic facilities,” said Fire Chief Ted Martin.
That’s why it is so important for every house to stay informed by using an All Hazard Risk Weather Radio. These radios provide instant and up-to-date weather information and severe weather warnings by the National Weather Service. They can be programmed to activate for the specific county that you live in. These radios may be purchased for around $30 at many retailers.
For additional safety tips about severe weather, fire safety, or to learn more about the City of Branson’s “BransonALERTS” emergency system, contact the City of Branson Fire Department at (417) 243-2790 or on the web at www.bransonmo.gov. Taney County Emergency Management may be reached at (417) 546-7233 or on the web at www.co.taney.mo.us.