Feb 5, 2020 - 9:29 PM
in reply to Snowman
I'm sure your mention of "April 5", rather than today, February 5, was just an inadvertent slip. Yes, at 13h30 on the first Wednesday of February each year in Switzerland, supposedly with the precision of Swiss watches, the sirens start to sing (called "le chant des sirènes" in the French-speaking part of the country) all over Switzerland. In some places this could continue until 14h00. I should add that there is no guarantee that people who live in more remote locations or who are in buildings with the windows closed will hear the siren. I read that Ildiko heard it in Lausanne, so that is good.
Then, at 14h15, in places which are downstream from major dams, there is another test siren (a water alarm) that rings out. For example, people living north of the Barrage de la Grande Dixence in the Valais will surely hear this test siren.
Here is a link to an article in today's RTN where you can click on the two different sound clips (Écouter le son) to hear exactly what these two sirens sound like. www.rtn.ch/rtn/Actualite/Region/20200205-Le-chant-des-sirenes-va-retentir.html
If people hear either of these sirens at any other time, they should without delay find out what is going on and take appropriate action.
I am going to start another thread about alerts in Switzerland, including the app that you can load onto your natel.
By the way, on a semi-related note, the other day I read an article about tsunamis on the Swiss lakes.
Last modified on Feb 5, 2020 - 9:43 PM by Peterli