The Saint Clair County Office of Homeland Security and Management recently issued a pamphlet titled “When The Siren Sounds” detailing various instances when the dozens of local outdoor sirens in the area might be heard. Although many identify sirens with a tornado warning they are also used for other forms of severe weather and even hazardous material alerts. Director Jeff Friedland says “upon hearing an activated siren, residents should go indoors in a nearby building and tune in to a local radio or television station or check their Alert FM devices”. Information will be updated as conditions change. Earlier this month the sirens were activated based on the high winds associated with a severe thunderstorm that moved into Saint Clair County. According to Friedland “almost every siren in the county is devoted solely to emergency warnings”. The National Weather Service is indicating that there is a threat of severe thunderstorms in portions of Southeast Michigan by Wednesday night. A low pressure system is tracking across Michigan’s southern border which could bring with it severe weather. For a complete list of items related to local emergency preparedness simply visit www.BeReadyStClairCounty.org.