First Air Raid Tests Saturday Morning

When you hear sirens at 9 a.m. don't get panicky - stay inside. It's not a fire. It's a practice "air raid."

The air raid warning test in the Valley will be held as part of a civilian defense program embracing the entire Coast.

Every Valley resident, no matter what age or occupation, must participate.

The test will be made about 9 a.m. Similar raid warnings will be issued throughout the Valley every Saturday until further notice and the public's part in them will be the same as in this weekOs practice.

There will be three parts of the test:

First, a "yellow alert." All fire stations will sound their regular fire signals to bring all firemen to their station. The meaning of this signal in time or actual danger is "attack likely," and indicates that enemy aircraft are on the way.

During this and all following Saturday tests, when you hear this signal - stay inside.

Second is the "red alert." This will last for three minutes. It will consist of fluctuating or warbling signals of varying pitch by sirens, or a series of short blasts by horns or whistles.

The meaning of this alert is "attack imminent." It tells us that officials have identified the attackers and know what direction they are coming from and the probable size of the force. The "red alert" is a final warning to take cover immediately.

Civil defense volunteers are reminded that the alerts are not a call for mobilization. After the attack is the time for civilian defense workers to rush to their posts.

The third section of the test will be the "all clear." You will hear a series of three steady one-minute blasts by sirens, horns, or whistles, interrupted by silent periods of two minutes each. To put it briefly, that means "You can come out now."

Civilian defense authorities state that it is absolutely necessary that we all stay away from the telephone in time of air raid warnings. Your call will only help jam the phone lines so that all-important calls between Army and defense authorities canOt get through.

The people of each community are asked to report to their fire departments after the test if they could not hear the signals. It is particularly important that persons living in outlying districts let their fire departments know whether or not the air raid signals were audible Saturday morning.

In the Snoqualmie area, 75 persons have signified their willingness to be on call in the ground observers' section of the aircraft warning service. When completely activated, the group is expected to number about 400. Two or more persons have been asked to be on duty in two-hour shifts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during this week's test. The observer's post is at the Snoqualmie fire hall.

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