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Reporter/Mike Brown Reporter/Mike Brown Rockdale tested all three versions of its new citywide warning sirens at noon Thursday and it was definitely noticed all over town—which was the purpose. At left, the RHS Big Blue Band marches by the siren at Murray and Hogan. A couple of minutes later, band members Lane Wallace (L) and McKenzie Casas “run for cover” as the prolonged test continued. There were three separate tests, the 20-pulse chimes which sound every evening at 6 p.m., the repeating long call to summon firefighters to a major fire or wreck—sounding a lot like the old siren the new ones replaced—and a continuous three-minute emergency alert which most likely would be used to signify “take cover” for a tornado. Bottom right, dispatcher Sandy Kunkel sounded the alarms from the police department. Also see page 4A.





AND THE REST—Here are the other three new alert sirens which got their first all-signals test at noon Thursday. From left, at Allday street with Allday Water Tower in the background, towering above the police station downtown, at Cameron (US 79) and Sanford in east Rockdale. Also see page 1A. AND THE REST—Here are the other three new alert sirens which got their first all-signals test at noon Thursday. From left, at Allday street with Allday Water Tower in the background, towering above the police station downtown, at Cameron (US 79) and Sanford in east Rockdale. Also see page 1A.

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