New Siren for Kirschner-Purtell Area
Local flooding has been prevalent on everyone’s mind, as well as the potential for a long flooding season ahead. However, another potential weather hazard season has arrived which offers a much shorter warning period. With flooding, we have hours, days or sometimes weeks to prepare for dangerous flooding. This new weather threat season gives little or no warning and leaves just as much devastation in the wake: tornado season. The St. Joseph Emergency Management Agency along with the St. Joseph Fire Department are in the process of obtaining a new storm warning siren, or tornado siren, which will provide audible outdoor notification in a radius of one to two miles filling a gap in siren coverage in the southwestern corner of St. Joseph. The home for this new siren will be located at the Kirschner-Purtell nature area. The new siren will be solar powered and will provide warning siren notification to the Kirschner residential neighborhood and surrounding area. The siren is expected to be installed early summer 2019.