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Monthly siren test is noon Friday

• Oct 4, 2017 at 11:06 PM

The monthly outdoor warning siren test for communities in Ottawa County will occur at noon Friday, Oct. 6.

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

Blendon Township

Chester Township

Coopersville City

Crockery Township

Ferrysburg City

Georgetown Charter Township

Grand Haven City

Grand Haven Charter Township

Grand Valley State University

Holland City

Hudsonville City

Robinson Township

Spring Lake Village

Spring Lake Township

Zeeland City

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.

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