Have you heard nationwide alarms?

@dya80dya (33312)
February 28, 2024 9:54am CST
Here in all towns emergency alarms started. They said that they wanted to see if these alarms work. I live in a small and peaceful town. I haven't heard these alarms before. I wonder if something will happen or if they are preparing for war. The alarms were so loud and annoying. They said that we shouldn't panic, they only want to see if the alarms are working. Isn't this weird? Have you heard these alarms too?
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@ShyBear88 (59256)
• Sterling, Virginia
28 Feb
This depends on where you live. The alarms can be a warning for many things form weather, missing person to yes something like a war but I doubt that would be the case your more likely to get one for a duck and cover or take shelter than be told it for a war because that would be on the news. We get them here and there usually it's more of nation wide weather alert or them making sure it works just like they run them randomly on the radio and TV. This is to make sure they are working and functioning. I even get test Amber alerts for if there is a missing or taken child. Bigger areas are more likely to have the test more often than smaller communities.
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@capirani (2695)
• United States
2 Mar
No nationwide weather alerts here as only local weather effects us. It is almost always regarding tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and in the winter bad winter snow storms including blizzards and ice. At this point it is nothing regarding wars, or anything else. But I am not sure we are all talking about the same things. I am not talking about phone or tv alerts. Every spring usually in March we have tornado sirens going of on one single day as a test to make sure everything is working. Beyond that, every Monday, the tornado siren goes off at 10am as a test. If these sirens would be for anything else, we would be given also tv announcements. The only thing here that we get for missing children is on our phones.
@ShyBear88 (59256)
• Sterling, Virginia
2 Mar
@dya80dya never wrong to have them. Rather have an not need than not have and need.
@dya80dya (33312)
2 Mar
Here it's unusual to hear them.
@akalinus (40396)
• United States
28 Feb
I did not hear alarms in the city. There were alarms in this building. The fire alarms were going and they kept announcing that there is an emergency and to leave the building, This went on for 20 minutes or so.
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@akalinus (40396)
• United States
4 Mar
@dya80dya iI have never heard anything like that before.
@dya80dya (33312)
2 Mar
Here it's unusual to hear these.
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@AmbiePam (85132)
• United States
28 Feb
It isn’t weird here. They test the alarms here once a week, and have for decades.
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@dya80dya (33312)
2 Mar
Here it's unusual.
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@capirani (2695)
• United States
28 Feb
We have tornado alarms every Monday at 10 am here in my town. Every year at the beginning of tornado season, there are test alarms in all the states near mine because we live in the tornado alley area of the Midwest this. I am not sure if this is national or not. Is this what you are referring to?
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@dya80dya (33312)
2 Mar
Yes, they can be used for tornadoes too. They want to prepare us for anything.
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@LadyDuck (456875)
• Switzerland
28 Feb
They test us every year the first Wednesday of February.
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@LadyDuck (456875)
• Switzerland
2 Mar
@dya80dya They test them every year here, in France it was every month!
@dya80dya (33312)
2 Mar
Maybe they will start to test them more often. This was the first time when I heard them.
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@just4him (305077)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Feb
We have a siren that goes off every Wednesday noon. Other cities have them on different days. When heard at other times it alerts us to bad weather such as tornadoes.
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@dya80dya (33312)
2 Mar
These alarms are useful when something happens.
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@just4him (305077)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Mar
@dya80dya Yes, they are.
@snowy22315 (169313)
• United States
28 Feb
Yes, once a month they test the emergency broadcast system here.
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@snowy22315 (169313)
• United States
2 Mar
@dya80dya I don't think they use them for tornadoes. They typically use sirens for those. I think it is just if the main broadcasting system can't be used for some reason..downed towers or something.
@dya80dya (33312)
2 Mar
I think they will test the alarms here once a month too. We don't have tornadoes or other problems, we never needed those alarms.
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@kaylachan (57144)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 Feb
In the U.S. we have the emergency broadcast system that sends out local and sometimes nationwide alerts. Although we're more likely to hear localized alerts (such as severe weather alerts). Once a month, they test the system.
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@kaylachan (57144)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
2 Mar
@dya80dya Yeah. One night, the area's emergency broadcast system decided to send out an Amber alert, at three in the morning. It woke up and scared a lot of people.
@dya80dya (33312)
2 Mar
It's not common to hear these alarms here. We receive those severe weather alerts on our phones and they are so loud and scary.
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@RebeccasFarm (86132)
• United States
28 Feb
No I have not Diana..They should have broadcast to the people what they are for the alarms. I hope it is nothing. Did you find out what it was for?
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@dya80dya (33312)
2 Mar
They check to see if they are working.
@kobesbuddy (74243)
• East Tawas, Michigan
28 Feb
They needed to make sure those alarms are in working order, for the safety of everyone involved.
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@dya80dya (33312)
2 Mar
It's true. Until now they ignored the alarms.
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@kobesbuddy (74243)
• East Tawas, Michigan
2 Mar
@dya80dya This is a dangerous attitude. What if there really is a life threat? Nobody would respond.
@thelme55 (76433)
• Germany
29 Feb
Yes, we have this alarm once a month.
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@thelme55 (76433)
• Germany
5 Mar
@dya80dya Yes, it is normal.
@dya80dya (33312)
2 Mar
I think it's normal to test them once in a while.
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@MarieCoyle (27995)
29 Feb
Where I live, they test the alarms every Tuesday morning at 10AM. They have done that for many years. If we have an emergency of some sort, like a tornado has been sighted close by or is very close to us, they run the alarm for quite some minutes and it is very loud, it can be activated for any emergency.
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@dya80dya (33312)
2 Mar
Yes, here they just started to test them. We always had them, but they weren't used because nothing happened.
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@MarieCoyle (27995)
2 Mar
@dya80dya It doesn't matter here if anything happens or not. They test them without fail, every Tuesday. I'm glad that they keep them in good repair.
@apsmine9 (306)
29 Feb
Has it happened earlier also?
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@dya80dya (33312)
2 Mar
No, this is why I was surprised. It's the first time when I hear these loud alarms.
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