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Saginaw County fires off sirens for Severe Weather Awareness Week

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As April continues along, most can only hope Old Man Winter is done for the year. Now that most of the snow is gone and green grass seemingly on the horizon, those itching to get outside are doing it.

"(We were) out here yesterday for four hours braving the weather, and we're out today again," said Saginaw resident Dan Parkhurst, who was playing softball with some friends Wednesday afternoon.

But the weather change is also a reminder severe weather season is approaching fast.

On Wednesday night, the Saginaw County 911 Dispatch Center tested its emergency alert system.

Sunday through Saturday is Severe Weather Awareness Week. In 2013, two people died and two people were injured in Michigan because of severe weather. Severe weather also caused more than $277 million in damages.

"We want people to think about being prepared," said Saginaw County 911 Director Tom McIntyre.

In the dispatch center, with a click on the screen, all of the county's emergency sirens can be sounded. Trained spotters and the National Weather Service work close to keep everyone safe in a severe weather event.

"I mean, we're in Michigan. There's always that possibility," said Parkhurst.

For more information on how to make sure your family is prepared for a disaster, visit

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