When you hear the emergency warning sirens anywhere in the City, you need to take immediate action. Oakland County Emergency Response and Preparedness will sound these sirens when:
- The National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm warning with damaging winds in excess of 65 mph.
- The National Weather Service issues a Tornado warning.
- A tornado sighting has been verified by public safety officials.
- Additional weather warnings are issued.
- Other emergency situations (such as a hazardous material release) that could harm the public.
Take Immediate Action
- Tune to local TV and Radio for current updates
- Primary radio stations: WJR(AM-960), or WWJ(AM-1270)
- All local TV stations and cable receive warning information
- Go immediately to your basement or safe area in your home if high winds, severe thunder and lightning are present.
- Carry a battery operated radio and NOAA weather alert radio so you will know when the emergency has passed and when it is clear to leave your safe area.
- If, during a storm, you are outside in open areas away from possible shelter, lie flat on the ground away from trees until the storm passes. If in a vehicle, get out and find a more substantial structure.
- Do not rely on hearing a weather siren in a low lying area.
DO NOT CALL 911 TO ASK WHY THE SIRENS ARE SOUNDING AS THIS CAN OVERLOAD THE 911 EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM. ONLY CALL 911 IN AN EMERGENCY.