Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Air sirens in Evanston

Heads up to anyone that eventually comes to Evanston: in the winter time, the city sounds air sirens to warn residents to move their cars from any parking spots in the routes used by the snow plows. From the city's page on the snow parking regulations:
Notification:
Emergency sirens will sound at 8:15 p.m. if a parking ban begins at 11 p.m.
And they also sound the sirens on the first Tuesday of the month to test them.

The first time I heard the air sirens, I had no idea what was going on or what they were for. Although it was anticlimactic to find out they were just for the snow, I still dig hearing them. It totally reminds me of the old Silent Hill game, which used an air siren to signal when the creepy version of the town was going to appear (movie version below). Coincidentally, it was always snowing in the game as well.

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