Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County Homeland Security Division, under the leadership of County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, has cancelled today's outdoor warning siren test due to the possibility of inclement weather. The siren test, a part of Severe Weather Awareness Week activities, was scheduled for 1 p.m. today.
"We've canceled today's siren test so residents will not be confused if they hear an activated siren," said Sara Stoddard, chief of Homeland Security Division. "If residents were to hear a siren today, it means they should seek shelter and take cover."
An outdoor warning siren is activated to alert residents to a tornado warning or a storm with damaging winds of 70 mph or greater. The next outdoor warning test is scheduled for the first Saturday in May at 1 p.m. Oakland County has 263 outdoor warning sirens around the county to alert residents. For more information regarding the outdoor warning siren program and a schedule of tests, go to oakgov.com/homelandsecurity.
About Severe Weather Awareness Week
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson declared April 7-13, 2013 Severe Weather Awareness Week in Oakland County. Homeland Security Division is engaged in various public education activities throughout the week to inform the public about how proper planning can help save lives and protect property whenever tornadoes occur or high winds or strong storms strike. All residents, businesses and schools are strongly encouraged to develop and test emergency preparedness plans in the event of severe weather.
For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048.