Frost Law restrictions were recently lifted allowing the installation of an additional seven towers this past week giving us a total of 11 that are completed.
Two remaining towers left to be completed are located near Hull and Bak and Tyler and Belleville roads. Power service for the existing sites should begin next week. The remaining two sites are expected to be going in within the next ten days. Other equipment to be placed within our Dispatch Center is on order and will be installed upon its arrival.
A tentative date of Saturday, June 6, 2015, has been set to be our actual first monthly test cycle, if all installation goes as planned. Our plan is to have the Emergency Alert Siren system fully operational before the first test.
Because these Emergency Alert Sirens have to be spread out within the township boundaries to provide adequate overlapping coverage, some may be located in less than a desirable area and close proximity to some residents’ homes. We apologize for any sound disruption and will only be testing on the first Saturday of each month excluding December, January and February and the test duration will be for only one minute. Sirens lasting for more than one minute will designate an emergency alert and for you to take action.
Locations of all EAS systems will be provided by visiting our website at www.vanburen-mi.org under Public Safety page. There you will find other information on how the EAS system works and the system protocol for Van Buren Township.
There will be further information disseminated in the following weeks over VBT-12, local news media, our township website and Facebook page.
Gregory M. Laurain
Director of Public Safety
Van Buren Township