The Ottawa County Emergency Operations Center will coordinate the test utilizing the county all-call activation tones. The sirens can be activated geographically, depending on the path of the storm or other approaching danger.
The sirens will sound for approximately 1-3 minutes during the test.
Each day, the sirens' computer systems are tested to ensure they are properly communicating with the sirens in the communities. On the first Friday of each month from April through November, the audible sirens are tested.
The communities in Ottawa County with sirens are:
Allendale Charter Township
Georgetown Charter Township
Grand Haven City
Grand Haven Charter Township
Grand Valley State University
Spring Lake Village
Spring Lake Township
Sirens are designed to alert those who are outdoors and can typically be heard about a mile from their sounding location. More at details are available at miottawa.org/Sheriff/siren.
The siren tests are good reminders for residents to prepare for severe weather by having emergency supplies in their homes, such as water, flashlights, non-perishable foods and other items. Learn more about building a kit at www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.