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After severe storms and a confirmed F1 tornado ravaged parts of the Ozarks Thursday morning, the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management is urging residents to buy a weather radio. KSMU’s Matt Evans has more.
The destroyed Pizza Hut and several businesses along highway 60 were the victims of an F1 tornado that devastated the town of Monnet in Barry County, Missouri, Thursday morning. Ryan Nicholls, the director of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management says these storms are a good reminder of why residents should own a weather radio.
“Weather alert radios are just more efficient and more reliable for getting notified inside of your home. Our storm siren system is designed to notify people as an outdoor warning system.”
Nicholls says weather alert radios also give residents more information than sirens. The radios can be programmed to only alert watches and warnings in specific counties.
“You get alerted, you know what’s going on, and you can react quickly.”
Nicholls says weather alert radios are available in many retail stores in Springfield and can be bought for around $30.
For KSMU News, I’m Matt Evans.