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'Air Raid' next week
When the "Alert" signal sounds throughout
King County sometime between 4:00 a.m., P.S.T., Friday,
May 20, and noon, Sunday, May 22, it will indicate the
beginning of "Operation Survival," the statewide
Civil Defense test exercise.
In making the announcement, Col. Edward H. Connor, director of King County Civil Defense, said
he wanted county residents to understand that this
would be only a test and not to become alarmed. There will
be no actual evacuation, he stressed.
The test exercise will be held simultaneously
throughout the state to test Civil Defense preparations.
The "Alert" signal, for this exercise, will be a
steady blast of three minutes' duration which will be
sounded by all fire stations in the county in addition to the
regular Civil Defense sirens. Under real emergency
conditions, this signal, in target areas, would mean
"Evacuate." In support areas the same signal would mean
"Civil Defense Forces mobilize."
The extent of Civil Defense participation in
King County during "Operation Survival" will be by law
enforcement agencies and Civil Defense personnel.
Traffic control points will be established on evacuation
routes outside the city limits of Seattle by Sheriff's
auxiliaries. A number of reception centers outside the
13-mile radius of downtown Seattle will be manned by
Civil Defense personnel.
Full cooperation of those requested to
participate was asked by Colonel Connor. He also asked that
county residents report areas where the "Alert" signal is
not heard to the Civil Defense office.