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Press Releases 2016

Apr 8 - In conjunction with Michigan's Severe Weather Awareness Week, the Berrien County Emergency Management Office is hoping to keep the preparedness momentum going. They are partnering with WNDU, Walgreens, and the local Berrien Amateur Radio Emergency Service to hold NOAA Weather Radio Programming events in the area. "Having multiple devices on hand to receive warning information is very important to community safety," said Capt. Rockey Adams, Berrien County Emergency Management Coordinator. "NOAA weather radios are an important part of our public warning system and allow severe weather warnings to reach a large coverage area using radio technology." The weather radio programming nights are being held as follows:

Wednesday, April 13 5pm to 7pm Walgreens on 11th St. in Niles  *****COMPLETED: 50 RADIOS PROGRAMMED!!!!

Wednesday, May 11 5pm to 7pm Walgreens on Cleveland Ave. in Stevensville

Weather radios will be offered for sale at the programming events for those who need one and they can be programmed on site. For those that have an old one that may have lost its programming are encouraged to bring them to one of the events and the amateur radio operators will be on hand to reprogram them or troubleshoot technical problems. (Read More)

Apr 7-  Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is this week from April 10-16. The Berrien County Sheriff’s, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is encouraging residents and visitors to prepare themselves for potential severe weather. One preparedness activity they can participate in is a voluntary statewide tornado drill at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

Particular sirens are designed to be part of the early warning system for use in the unlikely event of a nuclear emergency. The testing schedule for these sirens are on a regular basis and schedule that is set many years in advance. For this reason, these sirens will not be sounded for this tornado drill. Residents and businesses participating in the statewide tornado drill will hear alerts on NOAA Weather Radios and view alerts on participating TV and radio stations.

The average time for tornadoes to develop is 10 to 15 minutes. Within Berrien County, warning time can be reduced due to the nature of storm development and Lake Michigan, which means citizens need to be ready to react quickly when a warning is issued. Having an awareness of weather conditions throughout the day is an essential first step. (Read More)

Mar 03 - In cooperation with the National Weather Service, we are pleased to offer Skywarn® Spotter Training for 2016.  "This free training opportunity is an excellent way for citizens to learn about severe weather threats and help prepare them to react to severe weather," said Capt. Rockey Adams of the Berrien County Emergency Management Office. "Spotters will also learn how to contact the NWS Northern Indiana Office, to give specific information about storm conditions. This information is used to warn others in the community of these threats," Capt. Adams added. (Read More) (Poster/Flyer)


919 Port Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
(269) 983-7141
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1205 N. Front Street
Niles, MI 49120
(269) 684-5274
BCSD Watervliet Twp Substation
4959 M 140
Watervliet, MI 49098
(269) 463-5495
Deputies may be on patrol
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19279 Kinst Road
New Buffalo, MI 49117
(269) 756-9571 ext. 7603
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