Detroit will test new outdoor warning siren system on Saturday


For some of you, it's probably a commonality to hear a warning siren test once per month. It's a bit of a necessity whenever severe weather capable of producing a tornado approaches a community.

In Detroit, that hasn't entirely been the case — until now. On Saturday, at 1 p.m., the city expects to test 40 new sirens installed in concert with the Detroit Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. 

City officials say sirens were installed in the city over 35 years, but everything from vandalism to copper line theft to the demolition of buildings where sirens were located has dwindled the number of functioning alarms. For years, Detroit operated with less than 20, but, by next month, 54 new sirens that provide coverage across the entire city are expected to come online, according to a press release issued Friday. 

The city says the sirens, which are solar powered and mounted atop 30-foot concrete poles, will be tested every first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. 

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Ryan Felton

Ryan Felton was born in 1990 and spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Livonia. In 2009, after a short stint at Eastern Michigan University, he moved to Detroit where he has remained ever since. After graduating from Wayne State University’s journalism program, he went on to work as a staff writer...
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