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Nationwide siren test - this Wednesday 13:30

Just a reminder, the national system of 7'800 sirens will be tested this Wednesday (February 6th) starting at 13:30 and running until 14:00.

This is the annual test of the siren system (national emergency and flood warning depending on the area).

Depending on where you are, tests on the flood alarms can run as late as 15:00.
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Old 05.02.2013, 14:47
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Re: Nationwide siren test - this Wednesday 13:30

Ill be at work. No sound can reach in that basement
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Re: Nationwide siren test - this Wednesday 13:30

Yep, got it on the computer calendar. First Wednesday in February, regular as Swiss clockwork.
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Re: Nationwide siren test - this Wednesday 13:30

thanks for the heads up.
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Re: Nationwide siren test - this Wednesday 13:30

Parents of very young children be warned: this usually takes place right during kids' nap time, and depending where your closest alarm is situated might very give way to suddenly woken up - totally panicked babies...
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Re: Nationwide siren test - this Wednesday 13:30

Wow, only once a year? They used to do it weekly in the US. I guess the Swiss are more confident in their engineering that the Americans! (c:
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Re: Nationwide siren test - this Wednesday 13:30

I'm certain, that some noob is going to start a "What is happening ?!" thread.
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Re: Nationwide siren test - this Wednesday 13:30

I'm purposely not telling my American work mate. Mwahahahahaha
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Wow, only once a year? They used to do it weekly in the US. I guess the Swiss are more confident in their engineering that the Americans! (c:
Ha Ha ........ The Swiss are probably at least 52 times less likely to get invaded by insurgents that hate them..... it's perhaps an annual test is still 'overkill' in a way.

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I'm purposely not telling my American work mate. Mwahahahahaha
No...... tell him EXACTLY what the sirens are for in advance, then just for fun, "FREAK OUT" with him when the sirens go off.

"WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE !!!!"
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Re: Nationwide siren test - this Wednesday 13:30

I'm conspiring with a Swiss Italian work colleague.
The plan is to look bemused, then she jumps up to go to the Swiss shelter and we are left googling the nearest Auslander shelter.
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Re: Nationwide siren test - this Wednesday 13:30

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I'm conspiring with a Swiss Italian work colleague.
The plan is to look bemused, then she jumps up to go to the Swiss shelter and we are left googling the nearest Auslander shelter.
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Re: Nationwide siren test - this Wednesday 13:30

I'll wait for the smartphone app...
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I'm conspiring with a Swiss Italian work colleague.
The plan is to look bemused, then she jumps up to go to the Swiss shelter and we are left googling the nearest Auslander shelter.

I'd actually try the "What? I do not hear anything."-approach. Then after a while "Ah, this?! Cowbells!"
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Re: Nationwide siren test - this Wednesday 13:30

Yeah ..... yeah - you're all laughing and making fun, now, but just be warned - out there could be some deranged fanatic and his band of misguided followers, thinking that the best time to cause mayhem and destruction on the streets of Swissieland will be exactly at 1330, 6/2/13 when nobody will give a blind damn when the sirens sound, signalling impending doom.

I wish you all well, and hopefully ....... see a few of you on the other side, when it's all over.

Good Luck.
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Re: Nationwide siren test - this Wednesday 13:30

I'm reminded that I had better make sure essential supplies are properly stocked in our nuclear shelter. We've been drinking a lot of red wine lately.

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Re: Nationwide siren test - this Wednesday 13:30

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I'm purposely not telling my American work mate. Mwahahahahaha
Since the tests are so common in the US, maybe he won't even be surprised. I didn't know about it last year, nor did I notice it.
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Re: Nationwide siren test - this Wednesday 13:30

The first time I ever went to Olten, I stepped off the train and immediately the sirens started.

Now if that's not fate giving you a sign, what is?
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Wow, only once a year? They used to do it weekly in the US. I guess the Swiss are more confident in their engineering that the Americans! (c:
Perhaps Americans have more to worry about

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Wow, only once a year? They used to do it weekly in the US. I guess the Swiss are more confident in their engineering that the Americans! (c:
I was in Texas four times over the years (76, 82,88, 97) for clearly more than a week and there was never any kind of alarm. You of course now will tell that Texas is not the USA
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