State of Emergency or Siren Test?
Undoubtedly, you have heard the blaring of a siren and thought for yourself: Is this a real emergency and a severe warning of danger, or is everything okay and are only the sirens being tested?
Electronic and electromotive sirens are intended to warn and notify the population in the event of an emergency, such as a natural disaster, terrorist and military attack, or another human-made disaster. Their operability is checked by regular tests to avoid possible technical malfunctions.
Why is a siren test done?
A siren test is an acoustic test of the functionality of the mass warning and notification system. It is performed only at predetermined intervals, which the population is always informed of so that possible confusion with the real warning can be avoided. Some people may find the test annoying; however, it is apparently inevitable. Public warning against danger is one of the most critical measures of civil protection, so these tests are highly important.
Do you know when the sirens in your country are tested?
Every country has set different rules regarding the regularity and time-frequency of siren tests. In Slovakia, for example, loud tests of electronic sirens are carried out twice a year, and the sirens are also put through silent tests every other Friday of a month, while electromotive sirens are usually tested loudly every other Friday of the month at noon.
Regular test of electronic sirens - Košice, Slovakia – 14.6.2019
Find out when sirens are regularly tested in your country so that you can distinguish between a siren test and a real warning of danger. Once you hear the sound of the sirens outside these regular testing hours, it means a state of emergency. Consequently, listen carefully to the spoken information that follows and is broadcast by the sirens or mass media, whether radio or television. Keep calm and reasonable, and wait for the government instructions. However, first of all, never panic.
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