GENESEE COUNTY, MI — No severe weather or any other emergencies are taking place Thursday night in Genesee County despite emergency warning sirens going off in the area.
“We are aware that the weather sirens were/are going off in several areas throughout the county,” reads a message on the Genesee County 911 Facebook page. “There is NO imminent weather at this time. We appreciate your patience while we investigate this matter!”
The sirens going off without any severe weather or civil defense emergencies marks the second time in less than one month’s time following the same issue in late June that led to some confusion for Burton and Swartz Creek residents.
Spring Tremaine, director of Genesee County 911, said it was the cancellation of the sirens in Swartz Creek that caused sirens in Burton to be triggered during the previous incident.
“We did not do it,” Tremaine said of sounding the sirens.
Authorities don’t know why emergency sirens went off near Flint
Burton assistant fire Chief Kirk Wilkinson previously said there are times sirens have gone off due to a “skip,” which is when radio waves used to control the system may travel further than they are designed and may trigger an alert from elsewhere.
Allendale-based West Shore Services was called in to remedy the programming glitch and evaluate the warning system in late June, Tremaine said.
The system recently went through an upgrade, Tremaine said, increasing the number of sirens to 118 in Genesee County, including five in Swartz Creek.
Scheduled testing of the sirens conducted by the Genesee County 911 Central Communications Center takes place at 1 p.m. the first Saturday from March through November.
Warning sirens go off in parts of Genesee County, despite no emergency
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