Terror warning system tested in CBD
Melbourne’s new terror siren warning system has been tested in the CBD this morning.
The 10.45am test broadcast a warning signal, as well as reassurances that it is only a practice run.
But 3AW police reporter Pat Mitchell told Tony Jones many members of the public found it difficult to hear the actual warning.
“Just speaking to some people who were a little bit further away, they could hear the initial sirens faintly but couldn’t tell what the message was saying,” he said.
“To hear what the message was saying you’d need to be within maybe 15 metres of a speaker.”
Click PLAY below to hear Pat’s report from the State Library
Earlier this month, loud speakers were installed at 65 sites across Melbourne.
In the event of a terror attack or mass casualty incident, the speakers can be used to direct people to a particular location, shelter indoors or move away from an area.
The new system is the latest measure to protect Victorians during potentially-deadly emergencies.
There will be a TEST ALERT transmitted over the CBD Public Address System speakers around the State Library on Swanston Street shortly after 10:30 AM today. There is no cause for panic and the message will include a warning signal which notifies the public that it is a test only. pic.twitter.com/n5YCfQyFVD
— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) December 27, 2017