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Know Your Severe Weather Words

What is the difference between a watch and a warning issued by the National Weather Service?

  • IMG_0557.JPGTornado Watch: Be Prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
  • Tornado Warning: Take Action! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a tornado identified by a forecaster on Radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where severe thunderstorms may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Take shelter in a substantial building. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or county) that may be impacted by an on-going severe thunderstorm.

More information is available from the National Weather Service.

Meramec Flood Planning

faFlooding is a common occurrence in certain areas of the Fenton Fire Protection District. Because of this constant threat, the district has developed maps to display the potential effects on flooding at different river levels. The maps are an estimate based on ground elevation and river levels measured at the Meramec River at Valley Park Gage.

The following maps are sized to be printed on 11x17 paper, are available as PDF files, and estimate the flooding of the Meramec River at:

Adobe Reader may be required to view the maps.

Fenton Fire District Mission Statement

fentonpatch.gifThe Fenton Fire Protection District is committed to providing our residents and neighbors the highest quality emergency services by being progressive, highly trained, and community oriented. We will achieve our mission through strong leadership, financial responsibility, and innovation.

Building Permits

oldfenpatch.gifThe Fenton Fire Protection District issues permits for building construction, commercial use, blasting, bonfires, open burning, and commercial fireworks. Our permit applications are available for download from the Permits Page as well as plenty of information about what is required for a permit application.