Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Den første onsdag .... The first Wednesday


Jeg voksede op i Texas så jeg er vant til sirener. Ikke politisirener, men vejrsirener. Vi har tornadoer i Texas så det er nødvendigt at vi har vejrsirener for at advare mennesker hvis en tornado kommer. Faktisk i skolerne øver vi os tornado-øvelser for en sikkerhedsskyld hvis en kommer.

I grew up in Texas so I am used to sirens. Not police sirens, but weather sirens. We have tornados in Texas so it is necessary that we have weather sirens to warn people if a torndao is coming. In fact in the schools, we have to practice the tornado drills just in case one comes!

Hver by i nord Texas og Oklahoma har en process for at tjekke hvis tornadosirener virker--Den første mandag af hver måned, kl. 12.00, vejrsirener lyder. Vi er vant til lyden så det er ikke en overraskelse når du hører det. DOG... Vi har ikke tornadoer i Danmark så jeg var lidt chokerede da jeg hørte "en tornadosiren" i dag i Herning!

Every town in North Texas and Oklahoma have a process to check if their tornado sirens are working---the first Monday of each month at noon, the sirens sound. We are used to the sound so it is not a surprise when you hear it. HOWEVER...We do not have tornadoes in Denmark so I was a little shocked today when I heard a "torndado siren" today in Herning!


Men jeg har lært noget som er meget vigtig hvis du bor i Danmark-- Den første onsdag i maj, sirener lyder. Men det er ikke for vejret. I stedet for det er for "krig" (eller katastrofer). Husker du hvad skete i Danmark den 10. april 1940?

But I have learned something that is very important to know if you live in Denmark---The first Wednesday in May, the sirens are blown. But it is not connected to the weather. Instead it is a warning of war (or other catastrophes). Remember what happened in Denmark on April 10, 1940?

Lige efter 2. verdens krig og tyskernes besættelse af Danmark, sirener laves og lød den første onsdag i hver måned, men 5-6 år siden, skiftede det til 1 gang om året. Så hvis du er en Texan som bor i Danmark og hørte lyden i dag, BEKRYMER IKKE....vi havde ikke en tornado! Jeg lærer noget hver dag......


Just after WW2 and the German occupation of Denmark, the sirens were made and were sounded the first Wednesday of every month, but about 5 or 6 years ago, the process changed to only once a year. So if you are a Texas who lives in Denmark and you heard the sound today, DO NOT WORRY...we did not have a tornado!! I learn something everyday....

8 comments:

Nichole said...

Michaels mom and step dad were visiting last year when the sirens started going off. It is quite funny as the noise they make is exactly the sound I picture from the WWII time period. In our town everyone started saying, "Look out! The Germans are coming" It was hilarious.

Indra said...

I was wondering what the heck was going on today. Got a little freaked out but then I looked out the window and saw that it was just business as usual. Thanks for the info. Reading your blog teaches me more about Denmark than they Danes have bothered to share ;)

PiNG aka Patti said...

Even though I knew it was a drill, it still managed to scare the crap out of me (and ruin my nap!!)

KCLC said...

Hey Kelli !!!

In the small Texas town I grew up in, our warning siren also went off at noon...every. single. day. (Gotta let those roughnecks know it was lunch time!)
And it also went off for weather and fires. And my house was only a block away from the thing. Huh? What? Did you say something? Huh? LOL

Corinne said...

Oh, wow! I probably would have fallen over in shock if I didn't know what was going on. Or hit the deck. When I was stationed in Okinawa we had "air raid" siren tests every Friday at noon.

NotQuiteDanish said...

I was outside yesterday. I should have remembered from last year but for a moment thought I was about to be vapourised. Then I realised everyone was still milling around as if all was well. Reminds you of what a ridiculous world we live in as I think it's more likely they'd go off because of us than some natural disaster.

LadyFi said...

I guess it's an annual reminder of the war... Of not letting democracy be overturned.

Caution Flag said...

I'd never remember it was going to happen if it only came once a year. My heart would probably absolutely stop. Ours goes off once a month, and that always get me, too.