It is Wednesday at noon. I hear a siren. Is everything okay?
Yes. What we hear every Wednesday at noon is the test Siren and Announcement, for our Alerting and Warning System (AWS). The UC Berkeley campus siren is tested on the first Wednesday of every month. Other sirens that are tested in the Berkeley area have different schedules.
When you dial 9-1-1, or (510) 642-3333, or use a blue light phone to make your report, the dispatcher will ask you this question first. Do not downplay the importance of your call. Be prepared to answer the dispatchers next questions.
Crimes in progress or involving life threatening circumstances receive the highest priority response.