Branson, Mo. -- The City of Branson has multiple alert systems to warn residents and visitors about severe weather, but when an EF-2 tornado hit February 29, many tourists and people around town did not get the message they were in danger.
Branson firefighters started testing the town's 23 storm sirens Tuesday. Some of the sirens had known problems.
"When you actually go through it, it's a whole different feeling. It's hard to explain that fear that comes on you," said Gina LaSarge.
The Leap Day tornado hit her neighborhood, and now she stays on high alert when outside, away from her weather radio or cell phone.
"We really rely on the sirens," LaSarge said.
LaSarge heard the sirens sound during testing Tuesday while she was with her children at the Branson RecPlex swimming pool.
"We have a lot of outdoor attractions in our community with the tourism industry, golfing, outdoor attractions, said Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin.