Cape Girardeau considering new tornado siren installation

Cape Girardeau considering new tornado siren installation

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - July is still shaping up to be the wettest month so far and with more storms in the forecast.

"We're really looking to get out most densely populated area right now and then we'll try to go back and look at area within the city that may not be covered adequately," assistant fire chief Hasheider said.

He said while the siren sound is strong in most of the area, there are still small places who are in need of a tornado siren.

"We recently added to those four sirens with five additional sirens to give us some good coverage in some of our subdivisions, as well as some of our shopping centers, Hasheider said. "However, we still have additional locations that we're looking to install sirens."

Former major Jay Knudston, who stays in Cape Girardeau along Hopper Rd., said sirens can be a huge lifesaver.

"Depending on the way the wind blows we can hear it, barely. But when you hear those sirens go outside, it takes things to another level, it says hey this is serious," he said.

Hasheider said the city was on a great pace with adding sirens and plans to continue the move.

"We're probably into our eighth year. We were averaging about one siren per year and we were doing fairly well," Hasheider said. "We had a little bit of a low spot in there but were getting more interest at this point for sirens"

The chief also said his plan is to have another siren installed on Hopper within the next year. The price of a siren is about $20,000 and even you can help with the city's Adopt-A-Siren initiative.

To learn more about the Adopt-A-Siren initiative visit cityofcape.org/adoptasiren

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