After a devastating tornado a couple years ago, Madison County has recovered and is now on the cutting edge of warning system technology. In Madison County alone there are now 85 warning sirens to give residents more time to react during an emergency.
"We have the 2nd largest outdoor warning siren system in the state," says Madison County Emergency Management Agency Director, Carl Richards.
If a warning is issued for Madison county a familiar voice, a local DJ, tells residents a specific message. It's the most advanced technology in the state.
"The new chip we're putting in the siren is going to test Saturday after our our 12:20pm normal test is over. It's going to be very specific message. It's going to say it's a tornado warning. It's a thunderstorm warning. It's a flooding warning or flash flood warning or a whole litany of things associated with natural or manmade things," says Richards.
They've doubled the amount of the population able to hear the siren. Now reaching 90% of the county. This type of technology could have been a life saver during such events as the May 2009 Kirksville tornado.
"The most significant one was May tornado. That was a significant event and we did have fatalities and we would have had more fatalities had the system not been up to the standards it was and where it was at," says Richards.
The new sirens will be louder to reach more Madison County residents. Testing will begin tomorrow at 12:20pm.