State tests disaster alarms
June 13, 2012
Loud disaster alarm systems were due to start blaring in cities and town all over Norway on Wednesday. It was just a test, though, with officials assuring there was no danger at hand.
The alarms were scheduled to start bellowing at noon on June 13, to test the state’s civil defense warning system. The first phase involved the so-called “fly alarm,” to be followed by the “danger over, all clear” alarm scheduled to blow at 12:05pm.
Civil defense personnel were told not to assemble, nor should the public head for air raid shelters. The 1,250 alarms scattered around Norway are tested on a routine basis, and, if working properly, can be heard by more than half the country’s population of just over 5 million people.
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