Is it Wednesday, April 10 at 1 pm?
If you are hearing a siren, it could be a special test of the Outdoor Warning System here in Oakland County. The week of April 7-13 is Severe Weather Awareness Week. In 2012 there were 119 storm related warnings issued and 4 recorded tornadoes–6 is the average. The warning lead time average was 24.5 minutes for all severe weather events. Not long when you consider that during that time you have to hear the warning and react by seeking shelter. This outdoor warning system is intended to warn people who are out of doors, not to warn people inside of buildings–homes or workplaces.
Inside buildings like workplaces and homes we urge the purchase of NOAA emergency radios. Some can give an alert that is intended to wake people at night. Night time weather events often cause the most injury since no one is awake to receive the alert and respond.
If you are a smart phone user, do what I do–download the free American Red Cross tornado app
Here is a news story about the new app from central Illinois:
WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE TO DO–DO SOMETHING MORE THAN CROSS YOUR FINGERS TO PREPARE FOR SEVERE WEATHER SEASON.