Emergency Evacuation Sirens have been a mainstay of public safety equipment for decades. Even during the time of the Gulf War, when living in coastal areas was considered a risk, the military placed warning sirens on ships within the harbors to discourage would-be sinking. The sirens also worked during both World Wars, when they helped people to seek refuge or seek safety in nearby ships. Now that we are experiencing one of the strongest hurricanes in recorded history with record-breaking surf and high winds, however, the public should be focusing on getting themselves out of harm’s way as quickly as possible using these types of sirens.
Today the warning sirens are designed to go off once a certain set of criteria is met. The criteria are determined by the national weather service and are intended for use only in cases where the public is in danger.