After months of planning, installation of 16 outdoor warning sirens in Dexter Township began on Friday.
The sirens, which were purchased at a cost of $370,000, are being paid with a combination of donations from businesses and residents, and the township's fund balance.
The sirens will be installed throughout the township by mid-week, Clerk Harley Rider said, and will cover 100 percent of the township's 6,500 residents.
The sirens can be synched to the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Emergency Warning system, and include programming capability, which can be used for announcements.
“The voice activation feature of these state-of-the-art sirens will be a very important and useful feature in an area with a lot of state and Metropark parkland used by outdoor recreators,” said Dexter Township Supervisor Pat Kelly.
A map of the siren location is available on the township's website.
According to the township, the sirens will be activated for severe weather; hazardous material accidents; and Homeland Security emergencies.