- Living in Ozark
- Emergency Management
To provide more reliable communication to residents and businesses in the area, the Christian County Emergency Management asks that citizens sign up to receive notifications and alerts from its Smart911 communication system.
The Smart911 system can make phone calls or send text messages to people in specific areas in the event of an emergency, and to share weather hazards, traffic issues including road closures, and other time-sensitive news.
Emergency Contact Information
|Ozark Police Department||417-581-6600|
|Ozark Fire Dept/Emergency Managment||417-581-4436|
|Christian County Emergency Management||417-581-2126|
|Christian County Health Department||417-581-7285|
|Christian County Sheriff Dispatch||417-581-1030|
Storm Siren Testing
The City of Ozark along in partnership with Christian County Emergency Management Agency will conduct a special siren test of individual sirens the SECOND Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. Residents may hear siren tones of short duration from individual sirens.
It should be understood that on occasion, individual sirens may also be sounded throughout the year as part of general maintenance activities. More information about Storm Siren Management in link: Storm Siren Information
Storm Siren Information and Procedures
A new storm siren costs about $23,000. If you look at the top of the storm siren you will notice it looks like 4 trumpets stacked on top of each other. Each one of these horns has a speaker driver in the back of the horn. When all the speaker drivers are in operation the siren has rotating range of about 5800’. When the sirens are sounding, they will sound for 3 minutes then shut off for 10 minutes. If a warning is still in effect, the sirens will be set off again for the same amount of time.
The map (view map) shows the storm siren coverage once we have made all the upgrades. The map (view map) shows the current coverage of the storm sirens as it sits today. The City is in the process of upgrading all of the sirens and have spent over $10,000 in materials. The materials arrived on May 31st and will be installed in a timely manner.
We continue to monitor the sirens on a daily basis to ensure the storm sirens alert citizens in the event of a potential threat
Storm Siren Procedures
Outdoor Waning Sirens:
- The City of Ozark maintains and operates 8 storm sirens which are strategically located throughout the City.
- The primary reason for the existence of these sirens is to alert any citizen that is outside a building of a potential situation, so that they may seek shelter and obtain additional information via radio, televised or other communication.
- The sirens are equipped with a receiver and are activated via radio wave signals.
- The sirens are programmed to run continuously for 3 minutes, followed by a 10 minute pause.
- If an eminent threat remains in the area after the ten minute pause the sirens will be activated once again.
- This process will continue until there is no longer an eminent threat in the area.
The Warning Sirens will be Activated When:
- National Weather Service issues a TORNADO WARNING with the Christian County in the warned polygon and in the path of the storm.
- A trained spotter reports Rotation, Funnel Cloud, or Tornado in the county. This may include storms tracking towards the Christian County from any adjacent counties.
- National Weather Service issues a THUNDERSTORM WARNING producing life threatening winds approximately 75 mph or greater.
- A trained spotter reports life threatening winds approximately 75 mph our greater in or approaching the Christian County.
A link to additional information: CLICK HERE
Disaster Safety Resources Links
Emergency Readiness for People with Disabilities
Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities: What to Do When Emergency Weather Strikes
Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs
Driving to Safety: The Car Owner's Guide to Emergency Evacuation
Family Safety for Home Disasters