At twelve noon every Saturday, weather permitting, the city of Oklahoma City tests its warning siren. I’m only two blocks from it, so I hear it just fine, thank you very much. And it’s a common topic of conversation; why, it even has its own Twitter account.
And while we’re talking sirens, Roberta X dropped this bit of historical detail into a footnote:
Some years ago, the city of Kokomo found their siren system had major gaps in the form of failed units and shifting population, and after crunching the numbers, realized it was more cost-effective to hand out a weather radio to everyone in town! Hey, whatever works.
I have two of them, one built into a combo TV/radio/siren/floodlight once sold by Coleman to suburban paranoiacs. (The TV, a purely analog device, is now redundant, since every station likely to carry weather warnings has migrated to digital.) You’ve already heard about the other one.