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Sirens to be sounded on National Defense Education Day in city

The National Defense Education Day will be marked by the blaring of air defense sirens across the city, the Shanghai Civil Defense Office announced yesterday. 

Only the city’s two international airports — Pudong and Hongqiao — will be exempted.

The day falls on the third Saturday every September, which is September 21 this year.

The sirens will be sounded in three different phases from  11:35am to 12:03pm.

Local authorities will inform people before the sirens blare   through TV and radio broadcasts and cell phone text messages.

In the city’s Changning District, residents can also hear the sirens from the 36 electronic screens — used for digital newspaper reading — placed in their communities.

In addition, videos, pictures and articles will “teach” the locals about ways to escape during emergencies.

The sirens will be split into three phases with each lasting  for three minutes. The first alarm  will be sounded from 11:35am to 11:38am, and is supposed to be an emergency warning.

Between each of the sirens there will be a pause of 24 seconds.

The second warning — from 11:45am to 11:48am — will be an air raid alert.

The siren will sound for six seconds 15 times, with six-second pauses in between.

The third single three-minute siren at 12pm is the final all-clear alert.

A series of citywide activities intends to train residents on ways to escape.

Nearly 400,000 students from 1,400 primary and middle schools, the key target of national defense education, will take part in drills in their schools on September 18.

This is the first time that Shanghai Civil Defense Office joins hands with the city’s education commission and national defense education office to conduct a drill in primary and middle schools in the city.



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