The Southern Stone County Fire Department’s Facebook page has comments asking "where are the storm sirens…” and “why didn’t they activate." During the statewide tornado drill yesterday, people in Blue Eye, Galena, and Shell Knob reported not hearing a siren.
Emergency Management Director for Stone County Tom Martin says the county disabled its 18 storm sirens in 2010. He says the county-owned sirens were close to 50 years old and unreliable. The expense to replace the outdated equipment would have cost the county nearly $2 million.
Martin says 75-percent of Stone County residents were not able to hear the sirens because of their location. He says Kimberling City and Crane agreed to maintain the sirens in their communities.
Reeds Spring, Branson West, and Indian Point were to decide whether to continue to maintain sirens after the county chose to stop supporting the service.