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New emergency alert system in Sikeston

The new system can send out a variety of siren tones and also voice messages. The new system can send out a variety of siren tones and also voice messages.
SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) -

A new emergency alert system in Sikeston allows city officials to send out voice messages rather than a standard tone for every emergency.

Captain William Mygatt says the old sirens were about 3 years old and out-of-date. The new system can send out a variety of siren tones and also voice messages.

It has been a three-year project, but workers installed the last of six sirens Wednesday. Workers say the messages can be heard from nearly 6,000 feet in every direction. They say this covers the entire city of Sikeston and even reaches outside the city limits.

Steve Cearlock, owner of Outdoor Warning Consulting, says the main reason for this type of system is so that people will know the type of emergency immediately after it happens.

"On a clear, sunshiney day like today, if you have a hazmat accident or some type of emergency inside the city, heaven forbid, a school shooting or something like that where they need a lockdown, the city officials can get on this system and tell the people immediately what's going on and what they need to do,” Cearlock said.

Cearlock says the new system is solar powered, so if the power goes out, the system still works.

According to Cearlock, other areas in the Heartland already use this technology, including Stoddard, Ripley, and Ste. Genevieve counties.

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