Air-raid sirens

The Germans are coming!

On Monday, January 7th, I show up at work and it is a normal day. Then, at 12pm, I was alarmed (pun intended) to hear an extremely loud siren going off outside. This was definitely no fire alarm. I looked around the office, and everyone else was going on with their business as usual. Am I going crazy?

My Dutch colleague explained to me that it is the regular test of the civil defense alarm, which goes off everywhere at 12pm every first Monday of the month.  I’m not making this up. Some 4,200 alarms are placed across the country so that everyone in the country can hear it, no matter where you are.

The sirens can serve as an advance warning system in the event of a nuclear attack, air raids, natural disasters, or a coordinated alien attack designed to abduct the entire stock of stroopwafels from the Dutch nation.

The Dutch are a cautious people.


About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.
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One Response to Air-raid sirens

  1. Connie says:

    This sounds like something Germans would be more inclined to do!
    (by the way, we have a German couple living with us now until the end of March! We picked them up at a CouchSurfing meeting, hehe)

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