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Posted on: April 12, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Test of Outdoor Warning System April 13th

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The Oakland County Homeland Security Division will conduct a test of the Outdoor Warming System sirens Wednesday, April 13th at 1pm during Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson have declared the week of April 10 - April 16, 2016 a Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Oakland County Homeland Security Division will be engaged in various public education efforts during Severe Weather Awareness Week. These efforts include instruction on suggested preparations for minimizing the loss of life and destruction of property that can result from severe weather.

During the 2015 severe weather season there were 79 storm-based warnings issued for SE Lower Michigan. There were 10 recorded tornadoes (our average is 6). The warning lead time average was 18 minutes for all severe weather events.

In an effort to promote severe weather safety preparedness, Oakland County will conduct a special test of the Outdoor Warning System on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM. The purpose of this test is to raise the awareness level of our citizens and offer schools and businesses the opportunity to test their internal disaster plans during normal business hours.
For information, please visit Oakland County's Homeland Security website at

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