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I’m not saying the conspiracy theories are all wet but…
Our City put 7 sirens around town. My department is responsible for maintaining them. They are tested the first Thursday of each month for good reason. We have found problems occasionally which without testing, they would have failed when needed. And they have been used for tornado alerts.
Along with the sirens there is an AM TIS station used to broadcast emergency messages when the sirens sound. It runs 24/7 with weather forecasts, PSA’s, newscasts, etc. Just no music. I’m responsible for maintenance, programming and operation.
I don’t know why or how we got the GRANT money to do it but most likely it was FEMA.
So far, the majority of the public is OK with it.
It’s like our traffic signal system which I also maintain. Put in new in 1996, one roadway included state of the art VIDEO vehicle detection to replace pavement loop wire vehicle detection. On average there are 6 to 8 cameras per intersection. In addition each has one pan-tilt-zoom survalance camera. Everyone was a little nervous about the cameras.
Now, I’ve always been told there would be a BIG BROTHER watching, I just didn’t know it would be ME! Actually, we rarely look at them, only when a problem with the signal is reported. And as the survalance cams have failed over the years, the administration cringes when I ask for funds to replace them. So usually, I don’t.
So what am I rambling on about? I’m in the middle of the supposed conspiracy and know nothing about it.