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Are There Air Raid Sirens In U.S. Cities?  
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 5892 times:

Are there air raid sirens in U.S. cities?
If there's another hijacked airliner headed
towards a city, will its citizens get any
sort of warning?(other than TV/radio)

I'm origninally from another country and
I still recall air siren drills when I was a
kid... Don't recall hearing about this
issue in the US...

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User currently offlineColoneh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 5870 times:

only tornado sirens, i supose those woiuld do

User currently offlineSouthRebels From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 5849 times:

I live in the east suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. In Perry there is the Perry Nuclear Power Plant. There is an emergency siren system in the tri-county area. Its primary function is for emergencies at the PNPP. It's primarily used for tornado alerts (obiviously, since there hasn't been a serious incident at the PNPP, thank God). It would also be used to alert citizens to any other kind of emergency situation, so I am assuming if they were sure a plane was going to crash into this area they might sound the alarm. Though there is no reason they would target something out here, so this is a mute point, but to answer your question, yes, other cities have emergency sirens, I wouldn't call them air raid sirens.

User currently offlineUs330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4164 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (14 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 5828 times:

Yes. There is a shopping center near my school, and every other wednesday they test the air raid siren. Kind of cool, I guess, but I have just learned to live with it.

User currently offlineTommyBoy From United States of America, joined May 2000, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 8 months 23 hours ago) and read 5819 times:

San Onofre Nuclear Plant in SoCal has a warning siren that they used to test every week...maybe they still do...I live in Anaheim now and I'm sure we couldn't here it up here so guess we're outa luck if they have to use it! Also when I was a kid growing up in Illinois in the 50's I remember air raid sirens they'd test every week there.

User currently offlineSabbathiel From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 5799 times:

All US cities should still have the civil defense sirens...

User currently offlinePalebird From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 8 months 20 hours ago) and read 5779 times:

I remember living in Edmonton, Alberta as a kid and seeing the big air raid siren in the park. Left over from the 1950's. Probably still there.

User currently offlineTsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (14 years 8 months 19 hours ago) and read 5768 times:

No siren of any type in the greater L.A. area that I know of.

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User currently offlineRlwynn From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (14 years 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 5751 times:

There are sirens for San Onofre as far north as Dana Point.

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User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1845 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 5745 times:

There have been sirens in Oklahoma as far back as I can remember, but they've only been used for tornadoes. They can, however, be used for air raid warnings, although I don't think most people would associate the siren with an air raid.

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User currently offlineSwa tpa From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (14 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 5738 times:

We have a siren in Tampa over on Davis Island due to the fact it sits right at the the port of Tampa and they transport ALOT of dangerous chemicals in and out. If they ever had an accident they would sound the siren to alert the folks that live around there to get the heck out of dodge!
I also remember hearing one in Ft.Worth Texas somewhere in the distance during Desert Storm when I was in the Air Force. I was walking back from the chow hall and heard this thing go off somewhere. Talk about scaring a person half to death! Never did find out where that came from or why.

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User currently offlineAlitis From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 8 months 11 hours ago) and read 5721 times:

Most cities do. They were recently used in Baltimore a few months ago when a train derailed and caught fire in a tunnel right underneath downtown. There was fear that the car in flames had chemicals in it , however it turned out that it was full of lumber.

User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2151 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (14 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 5707 times:

Alitis is correct. Often, at least in smaller communities relying on volunteer help, these sirens are used to alert volunteers that they need to report to the fire & rescue station. Many if not most of these sirens date from the early days of the Cold War (remember "Stop, duck, and cover"?). All television and radio stations are also equipped (a Federal Communications Commission requirement) to broadcast emergency information via the Emergency Alert System. Nowadays, the EAS is used to warn residents of approaching tornados, hurricanes, or other dangerous weather conditions.

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