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Clay County MO Emergency Management

Storm Aware

Are YOU Storm Aware?

Don’t wait for severe weather to arrive to start thinking about keeping yourself and your family safe. Being StormAware means having a plan before severe weather strikes. 

  • Create a plan

  • Exercise the plan

  • Research ALERT systems and find 3 that are available to you at home, work/school, and on the move

Visit StormAware - Tornado & Severe Weather Safety in Missouri ( for more information

Prepare for Extreme Heat

There is hot, and then there is hot! Extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days. In extreme heat your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature, which can lead to death. Extreme heat is responsible for the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. -

Thunderstorms and Lightening

  • When thunder roars, go indoors! Move from outdoors into a building or car with a roof.

  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings.

  • Avoid using electronic devices connected to an electrical outlet.

  • Avoid running water.

  • Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Do not drive through flooded roadways. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

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Outdoor Weather Warning Sirens

Outdoor warning sirens, known to most people as severe weather sirens or tornado sirens, are one of the most effective ways to inform the public of dangerous weather conditions and other emergencies.

1. What does it mean when I hear the outdoor warning sirens? 

In short, it means that something life-threatening is happening and you should go indoors and get more information.   The specific guidelines (tornado, hail ,wind, etc.) for sounding sirens varies by jurisdiction, so check with your local community to find out the specifics if you are interested.

2. What should I do when I hear the outdoor warning sirens?

When the sirens are heard, go inside and tune to local media to get more information. 

3.  Why can’t I hear the outdoor warning sirens in my house?
Sirens are an outdoor warning system designed only to alert those who are outside that something dangerous is approaching. 

Outdoor Warning Sirens: Frequently Asked Questions (

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