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Emergency Management Ready for Spring Storms

Allison Blood
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Thunderstorm damage on November 17, 2013 in the Soulard area of St. Louis (KMOX/Chris Hrabe).

Thunderstorm damage on November 17, 2013 in the Soulard area of St. Louis (KMOX/Chris Hrabe).

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Earlier this week, KMOX told you that there is a possibility that this Spring could bring a lot of severe weather, but local emergency management teams say they’re not taking any extra precautions.

St. Louis City Emergency Management Commissioner Gary Christman says there’s not much more they can do.

“We’re not really taking any extra steps. We have a fairly robust system in place that we make sure that we monitor what ‘s going to be moving into the area. We work very closely with our jurisdictions surrounding the St. Louis area and also the state of Missouri,” says Christman.

He says the state-wide tornado drill went well in the city, and says recent years have provided plenty of practice for those responding to tornadoes.

St. Louis County Emergency Management Spokesman Dan Stumpf says the department has had a busy few years with tornadoes, so they’re prepared.

“Every year, we always have to be on the ball. Ready for severe weather in the county. We learn from every previous year and we take knowledge from other counties across the country when they have more severe weather than we do. And we just keep the public knowledge out there and the weather service promotes the same information that we do as well,” says Stumpf.

He says tornado sirens are tested silently every single day, meaning computer signals are sent to the sirens to make sure they’re still working.

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