New tornado siren helps alert rural landowners in Deerfield Twp

DEERFIELD TWP., Michigan (WJRT) – Sirens alert people in severe weather to take cover, but so far some people in Lapeer County haven’t been able to hear them… Because that there was none nearby.

Victor Carpenter, in Lapeer County, said if a tornado siren went off he would not be able to hear it.

“In the house, no. We hear no tornado sirens. If I’m outside on a clear day I can hear the one on Millville Road near the high school, ”Carpenter said.

It’s about 8 miles.

The average duration of a siren alarm, one mile.

Take a look at this map of all the tornado sirens in Lapeer County.

This is why volunteer firefighter Tim Reinhardt has decided to take a stand.

He approached the Deerfield Township Board of Directors and asked them for funds to install more sirens.

“The Columbiaville and Skelton area is known for dead cell phone coverage. So if people are relying on alerts from your app or other apps, there is a delay and sometimes it can take four or five minutes, which then could be too late, ”Reinhardt said.

So far, Reinhardt has helped install five sirens across the township.

This week, the crews installed one on Columbiaville and Skelton Road.

And he is already trying to put more.

“We hope to add one or two more, hopefully next spring for the next fiscal cycle of the cantons. And then that will bring us to 6 or 7 and that’s an accomplishment for a rural area for that, ”Reinhardt said.

So people like Carpenter can hear the alarm bells.

“Hope this helps us get to the basement,” Carpenter said.

The new siren on Columbiaville and Skelton Road cost around $ 15,000.

The Township of Deerfield purchased the previous four refurbished sirens, which allowed them to purchase two sirens for the price of one.

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