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Livingston County Encouraging Participation in Statewide Tornado Drill April 19th

03/25/2017 - FROM WHMI 93.5 FM:   Livingston County agencies will be taking part in a statewide tornado drill in April and officials are urging private citizens, local businesses, schools and organizations to do the same.


The County Board of Commissioners previously approved a resolution for all county agencies to participate in the statewide drill that will take place at 1:00pm on Wednesday, April 19th. Livingston County Emergency Manager Therese Cremonte tells WHMI the drill provides an opportunity for everyone to practice their current disaster preparedness plans or make one. She says they should cover all hazards - not just severe weather or fires and the drill provides a time to actually practice.


Meanwhile, Cremonte says they are still encouraging residents without land lines to voluntarily sign up for a system that provides direct emergency alerts. The Emergency Alert System that can send direct messages in times of imminent danger to allow citizens to take shelter or other actions as needed.


That link is provided. (JM) Web Link: 

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Emergency Sirens: General Siren Informationsirens

The siren locations are:

  • In the area of M-36 and Chambers Road

  • Pettysville Road and Rush Lake Road

  • Chilson Road and M-36

  • Strawberry Lake Road and Merrill Road.

These current locations cover all of the Lakelands Trail and Bennett Park along with a high percentage of the population of Hamburg Township. More weather sirens have been planned to be installed in the future.

View printable Hamburg Township Warning Sirens Flyer (.pdf)

Updated:  May 2, 2017

What is the difference between a "Tornado Siren" and an "Outdoor Warning Siren"?

What does it mean when a siren is activated?

Why can't I hear the siren in my house?

When are the sirens tested?

Activation Guidelines and Protocol - Who activates the sirens?

With regard to weather, why would the sirens be activated?

Why are the sirens being activated for Severe Thunderstorm Warnings with warned winds equal to or in excess of 70 mph?

Is there an "All Clear" signal?

Are all of the sirens activated at the same time?

What should we do when the sirens are activated?

How can I tell the difference between sirens that have been activated for thunderstorm warnings with 70 mph winds vs. a tornado warning?


The sirens are going off, it isn't the 1st Saturday of the month, but it's a beautiful day, do I still need to go inside?

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