ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The City of St. Charles has a new tool to keep residents safe in potentially dangerous weather and city officials say the tool came in handy during last week's bout of storms.
Last week the city received a new portable tornado siren. One day after its delivery from Milwaukee, the St. Charles Fire Department used the siren to replace another siren that stopped working.
City officials tell News 4 the mobile unit came just in time, as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac moved through the area. Parts of the area were under a tornado watch Friday evening, and the fire department used the new siren to supplement the emergency prepardness plan.
The siren can be activated from a remote location by the Emergency Management Agency, just like the other sirens in St. Charles County. For now, it is located on Boone’s Lick Road. It is acting as a replacement for the out-of-service siren.
Dan Casey, with the St. Charles Fire Department said the siren can "be placed near Frontier Park during any of the many festivals to warn of incoming severe weather, or even a lost child.”
The sirens are also able to broadcast emergency announcments and prompt evacuations, if needed.
The County has considered purchasing another siren unit because of deadly weather events involving large crowds.