EXTENDED SIREN TEST:
On Saturday, April 5, the Cook Nuclear Plant will perform an extended sounding of its early warning siren system as part of its required annual testing. The regulary-scheduled first Saturday of the month siren test typically lasts for about one minute, but each April, the sirens sound for a full three minutes. The sirens are omni-directional, meaning they can be heard in all directions at once and are an important part of the county's alert & notification system within the 10-mile radious Emergency Planning Zone of the plant in Bridgman.
The extended test is an annual event in April, but residents should understand that typical tests do last less than one minute and the regular monthly tests happen on the first Saturday of each month at approximately 1:00 p.m. In the event of a real emergency, the sirens would sound for three to five minutes and residents should tune to local radio or television stations for more information.
For your protection, report non-working sirens right away. If you note a problem with a siren near your home, call the Berrien County Emergency Management Office at 269-983-7141, x4916, or email Capt. Adams at the link above.
Emergency Management in Berrien County is a comprehensive approach involving a range of public and private agencies including local police, fire and EMS agencies, the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the National Weather Service. Other agencies involved with emergency management include the American Red Cross, local and state health departments, educators and amateur radio operators.
Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of every citizen. Therefore, county residents and businesses should develop a basic plan to help ensure their safety during these situations.
Berrien County Emergency Preparedness Guide
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