By Scott Bolthouse—Hub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Wednesday is severe weather alert day in Michigan, and in cities across the state, officials are sounding their local sirens as a test, and to raise awareness about the upcoming severe weather season.
In Huron Township, the sirens were not tested Wednesday because they are already tested throughout the year on the first Friday of every month at noon.
“We do not want to cause confusion throughout the community. Huron Township currently does a “self-test” on the first Friday of every month at 12 noon,” said the Huron Township Department of Public Safety in a Facebook post.
The weather sirens alert Huron Township residents that inclement weather is approaching the area.
During a real emergency, citizens are encouraged to seek shelter indoors and tune into their local weather resources for weather updates.
If the siren is activated and there is no apparent bad weather, residents are advised to tune into local TV and radio stations for possible public service announcements, which may be related to a non-weather emergency situation.
Activation of the weather sirens is necessary in the event of inclement weather, such as winds in excess of 65 mph, large hail, tornado warnings, and/or a non-weather emergency condition, including a hazardous material spill, wildfire, or nuclear power plant condition.
The sirens can also be activated at the direct order of either the chief of police, township supervisor, and/or his designee. Sirens can also be set off if a police officer visually observes a funnel cloud and no previous warnings have been received by dispatch.