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Air Raid Sirens
« on: December 21, 2008, 06:59:42 PM »
About half a century ago the US designed air raid sirens as a way to quickly communicate to the public that there was an imminent threat. However, these days they virtually go unused unless you are like me and live in the country rural areas. In the event of an attack do you think they would use these again, and even if they did, would people know what they were for? I know that in my area that they use the air raid sirens in the event of a local fire or if there is a tornado warning or hurricane. Are there any other emergencies they use this for?

I was just thinking the other day when they tested it. I say tested because it was a clear day with nothing going on. In the event of an attack would they even use the air raid sirens anymore?

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Re: Air Raid Sirens
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2008, 07:09:45 PM »
Good question, would they even need to?  Given the state of technology these days & how quickly advanced warning comes, I'd be more apt to think they'd use the EBS to give details about what was going on & what further action may need to be taken. 

We have about 25 or 30 of those big azz sirens placed at various locations around my county.  They test them all every month, thankfully they don't test them all at the same time.  They use them for tornado's, if you hear one of those around here they're either being tested or there's a tornado close.

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Re: Air Raid Sirens
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2008, 11:50:01 PM »
Well, I have a NOAA radio, and hopefully they would broadcast such things on there, but who knows. I always assumed the air raid sirens were to give notice to people who were not near a rado or TV.

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Re: Air Raid Sirens
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2008, 11:53:04 PM »
Well, I have a NOAA radio, and hopefully they would broadcast such things on there, but who knows. I always assumed the air raid sirens were to give notice to people who were not near a rado or TV.
Could be, I know when I hear one & the weather is a bit dicey I'll usually flip the 2M on & listen to the NOAA stations on it to see what's up.

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Re: Air Raid Sirens
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2008, 06:24:23 AM »
In my county the local Fema head decided to have all our old air raid sirens refurbished and a few new ones installed. He said they were to be used for warnings of severe weather or other major problems. They test them on a quarterly basis, makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up every time.

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Re: Air Raid Sirens
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2008, 06:30:23 AM »
The local fire department in my home town had one.  Every time there was a fire, The siren would go off.  Still an erie sound, and there's no ignoring it.

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Re: Air Raid Sirens
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2008, 10:25:49 PM »
My home town in NW ohio used one to alert the volunteer firemen.  Growing up we could always hear it and we were 4 miles out of town.  I dont think it is used anymore.  My boy scout camp still uses one for emergency drills.  It is mounted on the dining hall.  It is deafening when you are in the dining hall when it is switched on.  Many times at night someone has been looking for a light switch and accidentally switched it on!!!  You can imagine the ribbing that person got the next morning!!!

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Re: Air Raid Sirens
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2008, 02:55:12 PM »
We still use the sirens in my town (pop. 6,000) for tornado warnings and summoning the volunteer fire department.  Our oldest siren has an "Alert" button for tornado warnings and an "Attack" button for attacks, but the only time we ever use the attack button is for the monthly tests.  When they started replacing old sirens with new ones a few years back I noticed the "Attack" function has been removed from the control box and you only have the alert for severe weather.  I think the attack warning sirens have gone the way of fallout shelters and nuclear attack drills in schools (anyone old enough to remember those like I do?).  Besides the advent of new technology for warning people (TV, radio, email, text messages, etc), IMHO the liberal leaning folks have convinced everyone (or most people) that surviving any kind of nuclear attack is impossible anyway so why bother warning them.  And since the Soviets are no longer the cold war threat they were (uh huh, sure) the chances of an all out nuclear exchange are all but gone ... right?

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Re: Air Raid Sirens
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2008, 03:18:42 PM »
They started doing this stuff at work last year, mainly after the Virginia Tech shootings. And yes I do work at Brown, but I work in a small machine shop that surrports the Chemistry Dept. and deal with mad scientist type professors, not the liberal moonbats from the political science and arts depts.


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Brown University will test its new Emergency Siren Warning System (ESWS) on Thursday Feb. 28, 2008, between noon and 1 p.m. Three sirens, located on top of University buildings on the main campus, will be activated to test the system for the first time. The test will include a loud alert tone coupled with voice messages. The ESWS is designed to alert students, faculty, visitors and the College Hill community of a potential life-threatening emergency.

We get these tests about every quater now. I love doing my duck & cover demo when these go off.... My boss literally tries to kiss his a$$ goodbye when the sirens blare.... We fit right in with the nutty professors....