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Newaygo County Emergency Services
Tuesday December 5th, 2023 :: 09:00 a.m. EST


The emergency public warning siren systems near Rogers, Hardy and Croton Dams on the Muskegon River are being tested.

The Emergency public warning siren systems near Consumers Energy’s Rogers, Hardy and Croton hydroelectric generating plants on the Muskegon River are being tested
What you should know:

  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requires hydroelectric facilities to be able to quickly notify residents and visitors of any developing emergency at the plants.
  • The siren systems are tested each August and December.
  • The siren test will include a voice message, a 30 second siren, and a second voice message.  
  • Outside of a test, the sirens are ONLY used if the threat of a dam failure is imminent at a facility. 
 During this test you:
  • Do not need to take any action.
  • Only call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.
 If this were a real emergency:  
  • WHEN THE SIREN SOUNDS, GET TO HIGHER GROUND! Anyone near the river should immediately leave the area and get to higher ground.   
  • THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL ISSUE A FLASH FLOOD WARNING! Expect a Flash Flood Warning to be issued by the National Weather Service.  
  • ADDITIONAL WARNING INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED VIA NIXLE. Nixle is the County’s Alert and Notification System. You can subscribe for FREE by texting NewaygoES to 888777.
  • DON’T WAIT TO EVACUATE! Do not wait to be directed by public safety officials to leave. Evacuating the dam failure inundation area early helps public safety keep roads clear of congestions and lets emergency officials move more freely to protect the area.
  • FOLLOW EVACUATION ORDERS!  Areas close to the Muskegon River may be directed to evacuate quickly by public safety officials. Leave immediately and follow established routes and instructions to avoid getting caught in rapidly rising water or road congestion. Do not leave your pets behind.
  • WATCH FOR RAPIDLY RISING WATER! Water levels can change quickly. Be alert for washed out roads and bridges. Do not drive into water covering the road or flooded areas and Stay away from downed power lines. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • ONLY CALL 9-1-1 to report a life threatening condition.

Newaygo County Emergency Services
E Newell St
White Cloud, MI 49349

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 231-689-7354

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