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February 5th, 2017


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08:29 pm
As we work our way into the evening, I find myself ruminating on bits and pieces once again.

In this particular case, a question has come to my mind. Whatever happened to air raid sirens?

When I was a kid in Wisconsin, I remember that they were tested once a week, same day of the week at the same time each time so as not to panic people. Mind you, this was at the time that we were being trained to "Duck and Cover!" in response to the expected nuclear attacks that thank God never materialized. Yet.

Then when I was an adult, I remember driving through Wisconsin ahead of a storm and noticing that as we passed a golf course, there was an air raid siren playing. It turns out that we were driving just ahead of a tornado, staying well in front of it. Who knew?

Nowadays, though, I can't remember when I last heard one.

Whatever happened to them? Am I out of my mind, or are they all gone in the last forty years?

(7 comments | Speak, or forever hold your peace)

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From:millysdaughter
Date:February 6th, 2017 04:51 pm (UTC)
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They sound every week at the same time during "severe weather season" here.
You are not supposed to be able to hear them indoors, as it is intended to be an "outdoor" system.
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From:mycroftca
Date:February 7th, 2017 06:03 am (UTC)
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If you're having severe weather, doesn't everybody need to know it?
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From:erich_schneider
Date:February 6th, 2017 05:34 pm (UTC)
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There are over 100 sirens installed in San Francisco in the Department of Emergency Management's Outdoor Warning System. The first 50 original sirens (they have been upgraded over time) were installed in 1942. Every Tuesday at noon, the sirens are sounded for 15 seconds as a test. Just another feature of city life here!
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From:mycroftca
Date:February 7th, 2017 06:03 am (UTC)
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A real joy!
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From:noachoc
Date:February 8th, 2017 03:00 pm (UTC)
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There's one in my parents' town out in the country. They use them to call the volunteer fire department, and they test it every Friday at noon.
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From:mycroftca
Date:February 8th, 2017 03:16 pm (UTC)
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So, this seems to be a mostly rural phenomenon?
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From:noachoc
Date:February 13th, 2017 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Could be? We don't seem to have them in my little city...
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