Hillsdale County Emergency Management and Hillsdale County Central Dispatch will be testing the community tornado sirens, weather permitting, on Monday evening, May 4th between 6:00 and 6:30 pm.
During the test, the steady 30-second TORNADO WATCH signal will be tested first followed 4 minutes later (+/-) by the up and down signal for the TORNADO WARNING which, for the test, will be about 1 minute. [An Actual Tornado Warning signal will be 3 minutes long.]
The tornado sirens are activated remotely by radio using the same channel that is used to alert fire departments and some medical agencies to their calls. If there is an emergency call in progress we will wait until using the frequency does not interfere with the responsibilities of our public safety partners. If we cannot test by 6:30 pm, due to emergency traffic on the channel or weather conditions in the area, we will postpone the May test until Monday, May11th .
Sirens are tested once each month on the first Monday of the month from March through October. The March and September tests are scheduled at 10 am to allow schools that are located near a siren to participate in a tornado drill during the tests if they wish to do so. The April, May, June, July, August and October tests are conducted between 6:00 and 6:30 pm. The September test is always conducted on the second Monday due to Labor Day. Every few years, the July test is also delayed until the second Monday due to the 4th of July Holiday.
The scheduled siren tests for 2020 are as follows:
For more information, contact Douglas Sanford, Director Hillsdale County Central Dispatch / Hillsdale County Emergency Management at 517-437-7384.