This article appeared in
the Los Angeles Examiner, March 1, 1955.
This article clipping courtesy of C. Bryant.
500 CALLS IN AIR RAID TEST
Switchboards Swamped; Cause Laid to Joint Siren Sounding
Police and Fire
Department emergency switchboards were swamped with more than 500 calls
yesterday after the first joint sounding of city and county air raid
City Civil Defense
Director Richard F. Lynch attributed the extraordinary number of calls
to county participation for the first time. Far Eastern "tension"
and the recent report on "devastating effects of the hydrogen bomb and
its lethal fallout pattern"
A month ago, he pointed
out, only 25 calls were received in the routine 10 a.m. statewide "white
alert" test, which is the "all clear" signal.
Most of yesterday's
calls, he said, involved request for "protection" information, such as
details on home bomb shelter construction and types of foods to be
stored away for an emergency.
Joining in the test were
24 new county sirens in unincorporated county areas, installed at a cost
County Civil Defense
Director Howard Earl said reports from the outlying areas indicated the
tests were clearly audible and "very satisfactory."