Daily Israel Report

Hear a Siren? Don't be Too Alarmed

IDF will test emergency sirens, as well as warning beepers and texts, in central Israel on Monday.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 3/24/2014, 8:35 AM

Siren (illustration)
Siren (illustration)
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The IDF Homefront Command will conduct a routine emergency siren test on Monday morning at 10:05 a.m. in Israel's central coastal region.

A rising and falling tone will be heard for 90 seconds in the communities of Bnei Brak, Givat Shmuel, Givatayim, Kfar Azar, Ramat Ef'al and Ramat Gan. In the case of an actual emergency, the alarm will be followed by a second siren.

Homefront Command's website notes that in addition to sirens, the entire warning network will be tested, including beepers, text messages to cell phone devices supporting the function, and alerts via the internet.

An hour before the siren test, texts will reportedly be sent to devices.

The IDF's steps for preparedness come two weeks after an unprecedented barrage of rockets from the terror stronghold of Gaza, in which roughly 100 rockets were fired at Israel. The escalation was the largest-scale attack since the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense.