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Posted on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 4:13 p.m.

Emergency warning siren testing to begin Saturday

By Lisa Allmendinger

If you hear a siren at noon in your town Saturday, it’s most likely a monthly test.

All Washtenaw County operated outdoor warning sirens are tested at noon on the first Saturday of the month from March through September, according to information from the Village of Dexter.


City of Ann Arbor

Except for scheduled testing, sirens are activated for:

  • National Weather Service tornado warnings
  • Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds in excess of 70 mph
  • A hazardous materials accident that requires immediate action from residents
  • An attack on the United States is imminent, underway or has recently occurred.

Warning siren activation is a signal to go indoor immediately and monitor local Emergency Alert System media outlets for official information.

Washtenaw County’s emergency broadcasters are: 89.1 FM, 102.9 FM, 107.1 FM, 1050 AM, 1290 AM.

If you don't hear these sirens from your home, I'd like to know. Please contact me.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at



Sun, Mar 4, 2012 : 4:21 a.m.

I didn't hear any siren today.

Lake Trout

Mon, Mar 5, 2012 : 5:12 p.m.

The sirens are "outdoor" only, if you were inside, you most likely would not hear them, especially if there isn't one in your area. Also, it did not include any siren within Ann Arbor City limits. Ann Arbor tests their siren system on the first Tuesday to the month at 1pm.

Sandra Samons

Sat, Mar 3, 2012 : 5:29 p.m.

Ms. Allmendinger, I tried to email you at the address you provided and it would not go through. Please check and see what the problem is.


Sat, Mar 3, 2012 : 5:26 p.m.

Well, we just had our bunker try out session once the air raid siren went off. Everything seems ready for the big fall out in December. Everyone else ready?

Marvin Face

Sat, Mar 3, 2012 : 1:31 a.m.

I assume Ann Arbor testing is still done on the first Tuesday of the month as usual? The article doesn't really make that clear.

Turd Ferguson

Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 10 p.m.

Ms. Allmendinger has had a busy day cutting & pasting. I see.

dading dont delete me bro

Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 9:58 p.m.

um, you forgot, ... &quot;If severe weather is possible on the afternoon of a test, it may be delayed until the following month.&quot; i think we may have severe weather tomorrow. just sayin' see clicky for quote accuracy: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>