Consumers Energy announced the emergency public warning siren systems near its Rogers, Hardy and Croton hydroelectric generating plants on the Muskegon River will be tested on Wednesday, December 9 at approximately 10 a.m.
The test will include a voice message, a 30-second siren and a second voice message. The public does not need to take any action during the test.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requires hydroelectric facilities to be able to quickly notify residents and visitors of any developing emergency at the plants. Typically, Consumers Energy performs the test once in August and in December each year.
In the event of an emergency, the siren/speaker units' initial warning will be supplemented by information on radio and television stations along with Newaygo and Mecosta County emergency notification systems.
Consumers Energy offers a safety caution to those who visit dams in the winter.
'Ice on a reservoir near a hydroelectric facility is not reliable and should be avoided by snowmobilers, anglers and others,' said Neil Dziedzic, Consumers Energy's executive director of hydro operations. 'Also, ice-covered water down river from a hydroelectric facility should never be considered a safe place to walk.'
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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