Saginaw County Tests Siren Warning System 10-06-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw County Tests Siren Warning System 10-06-2010

Saginaw County 911 kicked off its integrated siren testing system Wednesday afternoon and WNEM TV5 was there to help flip the switch.
The testing included a steady siren sound, which indicates a tornado warning.
In the past, Saginaw County communities tested their sirens at different times.
"This new schedule allows for consistency and will make it easier for residents to remember when the testing will occur," said Tom McIntyre, executive director for Saginaw County 911.
The testing is scheduled to take place the first Wednesday of every month at noon and will remain on this schedule all year round.
Officials said by year-end, a second siren tone will be added for residents living within a five mile radius of Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation. The second siren sound will be a wavering tone, which will alert nearby residents of a chemical incident.
For testing purposes, the wavering tone will sound immediately after a tornado warning siren.
The county said the public can sign up for text and email alerts by visiting the Saginaw County 911 communications web site.
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