SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY TAKE WITH YOU… POLICE SERVICES SKYWARN EMERGENCY 911 AT HOME: Take a portable radio with you to your shelter area for updated information on PROGRAM Go to the basement or an the storm and to learn when it is “all RESOURCES interior room on the lowest clear.” Also take a flashlight. GENERAL INFORMATION 314-889-2341 level of the building. Get TTY HEARING IMPAIRED 911 OR 314-889-2345 under a sturdy piece of BEFORE THE WARNING… POLICE REPORT PURCHASES 314-615-7177 furniture. MUNICIPAL SERVICES UNIT 314-615-0184 Take heed when weather watches are GOVERNMENT CENTER INFO. 314-615-5000 AT WORK OR SCHOOL: OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 314-628-5400 issued and when local radio, television SKYWARN INFORMATION 314-615-7857 Go to a pre-designated shelter area. Stay or weather radio broadcasters alert you away from auditoriums and gymnasiums, as to the possibility of severe weather later HEADQUARTERS well as windows. in the day. Think about what actions ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE 314-889-2341 you may need to take later. 7900 FORSYTH BOULEVARD IN MOBILE HOMES: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI 63105 SAFE AREAS… Seek shelter in a more substantial structure. DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION If none is available, lie low in a ditch or other low-lying area. It’s a good idea to locate a safe area in GENERAL INFORMATION 314-615-5400 your home before a tornado warning is IN SHOPPING MALLS: issued; then all family members will know PRECINCT STATIONS where to go in an emergency without NORTH COUNTY (1ST) PRECINCT 314-355-1200 Take cover away from the center mall area delay. CENTRAL COUNTY (2ND) PRECINCT 314-567-9926 and away from windows. Get under some- AFFTON SOUTHWEST (3RD) PRECINCT 314-638-5550 thing sturdy. Do not try to escape in your BUY A WEATHER ALERT RADIO! SOUTH COUNTY (4TH) PRECINCT 314-892-1510 car! CITY OF FENTON (5TH) PRECINCT 636-349-8120 CITY OF WILDWOOD (6TH) PRECINCT 636-458-9194 OUTDOORS OR IN AUTOMOBILES: An excellent investment is a tone-acti- WEST COUNTY (7TH ) PRECINCT 636-256-2602 vated weather alert radio. These small Seek indoor shelter. If none is available, lie units, often with battery backup power, 7900 Forsyth Boulevard low in a nearby ditch, protecting your head. will alert you, much like a pager, of local St. Louis, Missouri 63105 severe weather conditions. These ra- Visit the SKYWARN website for more infor- dios are activated directly from the mation: National Weather Service office, pro- “Serving Our Community Since 1955” viding the most accurate and timely se- www.stlouisco-skywarn.org vere weather information available. Colonel Jerry Lee or www.skywarnstlouis.com These radios are available at most con- This brochure is available in an alternative format Chief of Police sumer electronics outlets and are gen- upon request. For more information, contact the erally reasonably priced. Department ADA Coordinator at Providing severe weather observation 314-615-4273 (Voice/TTY) services to the National Weather Please visit us on the web at: Service and the citizens of St. Louis www.stlouisco.com/police County. St. Louis County Police Department Reprint by permission only B-22 (6/06) An Internationally Accredited Agency ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE OUR TRAINING PROGRAM - RACES OTHER RADIO SERVICES SKYWARN PROGRAM TAKING THE AREA “BY STORM” AMATEUR PROGRAM Other radio-oriented components of the Over 1,200 trained weather observers You, too, can be a member of The amateur radio component of the County SKYWARN Program include Civil make up the St. Louis County Police SKYWARN. St. Louis County offers Air Patrol, General Mobile Radio Services County Police SKYWARN Program (GMRS), St. Louis Area Chapter of the SKYWARN Program. They are young several training courses designed to assist the weather observer in mak- is affiliated with the Radio Amateur American Red Cross and selected area and old, from all walks of life, and from public safety radio frequencies. diverse backgrounds. They have one ing proper observations and correctly Civil Emergency Service (RACES). thing in common – a desire to help their reporting. Participants are taught RACES means amateur radio oper- when, how and where to make their SEVERE WEATHER FACTS neighbors by reporting severe weather ating in emergency situations under in a prompt and accurate manner. reports. The class is supplemented the auspices of local government, the An average of 26 tornadoes de- These reports are collected by the by literature and reporting informa- St. Louis County Police Office of velop in Missouri annually. control operators at the County tion and, following the class, participants are issued “spotter num- Emergency Management. Amateur Tornadoes are most frequent in Emergency Operations Center and relayed to the forecasters at the bers” and training certification. After operators completing the training the Midwest. National Weather Service for their contacting us at the SKYWARN in- program become registered in the formation number - 314-615-7857 - RACES Program and are also avail- Tornadoes occur most often in the study and action. These reports, sup- late afternoon or evening and in plemented by Doppler radar and other you will be placed on a mailing list for able for many other emergency ser- the spring, but can occur at any forms of weather data, assist the the training schedule. All training is vice and assistance functions as time of the day and in any sea- National Weather Service in issuing supplied free of charge and classes needed in St. Louis County. This son. timely and accurate severe weather are offered more than once. This is training that may save your life! portion of the County SKYWARN Wind speeds in a tornado may warnings that may help save lives. The County Police SKYWARN Program has been in operation since exceed 300 miles per hour. Program is another service of the St. HOW DO I REPORT SEVERE 1955 and has gained the recognition An average of 100,000 thunder- Louis County Police Department Office WEATHER? and support of many in the St. Louis storms occur each year in the of Emergency Management, serving metropolitan area. Amateur radio United States. About 1,200 tor- the citizens of the St. Louis County re- Most SKYWARN nadoes develop from these weather spotters operators in this program make their gion. storms. report by cellular severe weather reports on the or home phone. 146.340/.940 amateur radio repeater. More fatalities have occurred in CAN I HELP? Specific reporting If you have a scanner, listen to the St. Louis from tornadoes than any instructions and other U.S. city. network on 146.940 MHz. The ama- Yes. There are never enough “eyes numbers are pro- and ears.” There are no special teur station at the County Emergency KNOW THE DIFFERENCE… vided in our training classes. While it qualifications other than a desire to is not required to be a weather ob- Operations help. You do not have to go to any Center is TORNADO WATCH - Conditions are right server, a large number of our for tornado development, but none have special locations or be “on duty” for spotters report by two-way radio. identified on been sighted. A “watch” is usually issued any specific periods. Your “watch” Two-way radio users can report di- this channel for a six-hour period. begins when severe weather is in the rectly from their vehicles or portable / as WB0AAF. area, whether at home, work, school hand-held radios, if so equipped. TORNADO WARNING - SKYWARN or in your car. Special training is re- spotters and/or Doppler radar have indi- Many of these radio users are ama- cated a tornado or funnel cloud - quired and provided by St. Louis teur radio (HAM) operators. County. There is never a charge to SKYWARN training is necessary for TAKE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY! participate in the program or for accurate reporting. training.