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BRIDGMAN, Mich., March 29, 2017 – Even though it falls on April Fools’ Day, this year’s extended testing of the Cook Nuclear Plant’s early warning siren system is no joke. The regularly-scheduled first Saturday of the month siren test typically lasts for about one minute, but each April, the sirens sound for a full three minutes.

            “We wouldn’t joke about emergency preparedness,” said Kevin Simpson of Cook Emergency Preparedness department. “People are used to hearing the sirens for only about one minute on the first Saturday of the month. However, each April, we test the sirens for a full three minutes to confirm they will work for a longer period. We try to spread the word so no one gets unnecessarily concerned, particularly this year since it falls on April first.”

The omni-directional electronic sirens are an important part of Berrien County’s alert and notification system within the 10-mile radius Emergency Planning Zone of the plant in Bridgman. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Emergency 911 System does occasionally get calls during Cook’s regular siren tests. Additional notification of the longer April test is being made to minimize those distractions.

Siren and other basic emergency information can be found in the emergency information calendars that are produced by the Cook Plant and mailed annually to residents and businesses in Berrien County.

“People like and use our calendar because of the great photos of local scenery, but the real purpose is to keep important emergency information available,” said Cook Communications Manager Bill Schalk. “The April test is always a good reminder to take time to review that information and to share it with folks who may not be familiar with these regular tests.”

The regular monthly tests last about one minute. In the event of a real emergency, the sirens would sound for three to five minutes and residents should tune to local radio or television stations for more information.

If you have questions or would like additional emergency information calendars, visit, call 800-548-2555, email or visit our Facebook page Also, for your protection, report non-working sirens right away. If you note a problem with a siren near your home, call the Berrien County Emergency Management Office at 269-983-7111 x4915.

In cooperation with the National Weather Service, we are pleased to offer Skywarn® Spotter Training for 2017.  "This free training opportunity is an excellent way for citizens to learn about severe weather threats and help prepare them to react to severe weather," said Capt. Rockey Adams of the Berrien County Emergency Management Office. "Spotters will also learn how to contact the NWS Northern Indiana Office, to give specific information about storm conditions. This information is used to warn others in the community of these threats," Capt. Adams added.  (Poster/Flyer) (Press Release)

Weather Radio Programming Dates:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017.   Walgreen's in Niles, Michigan; 907 S. 11th Street (11th & Silverbrook).  5pm to 7pm EST.

Saturday, May 6, 2017.  Meijer in Benton Harbor, Michigan; 1920 Pipestone Road..  7am to 10 am EST.

919 Port Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
(269) 983-7141
BCSD Niles Substation
1205 N. Front Street
Niles, MI 49120
(269) 684-5274
BCSD Watervliet Twp Substation
4959 M 140
Watervliet, MI 49098
(269) 463-5495
Deputies may be on patrol
Four Winds Substation
19279 Kinst Road
New Buffalo, MI 49117
(269) 756-9571 ext. 7603
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