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2013-10-17 05:01:43 PM
Is their Sharknado siren still functioning?
 
2013-10-17 05:42:43 PM
I think being woken at 2:30 by a tornado because your tornado siren was malfunctioning would be worse.
 
2013-10-17 05:44:04 PM
I think being woken up at 2:30 am by a real tornado because your tornado siren was malfunctioning would probably be worse.
 
2013-10-17 05:44:53 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: I think being woken at 2:30 by a tornado because your tornado siren was malfunctioning would be worse.


Dammit, should've refreshed before posting.

Now I look quite the fool.
 
2013-10-17 05:46:14 PM
Gawd. The local small-cheese strip-club Mafiosi (yeah, for realz) had an alarm on his office that was just across a lot from my old apartment. That goddamn thing had to be well into the 120Db range. It went off about three times a month in the middle of the night like that, for about 3 years. Calling 911 did nothing but get the alarm shut off for the night, and got the cops sniffing around my ass.
 
2013-10-17 05:48:11 PM

miss diminutive: To The Escape Zeppelin!: I think being woken at 2:30 by a tornado because your tornado siren was malfunctioning would be worse.

Dammit, should've refreshed before posting.

Now I look quite the fool.


Great minds think alike and apparently have nightmares about tornadoes.
 
2013-10-17 05:50:45 PM

miss diminutive: I think being woken up at 2:30 am by a real tornado because your tornado siren was malfunctioning would probably be worse.


I think not being awakened by no tornado siren during a tornado would be worse.
 
2013-10-17 05:52:58 PM
QUIT HITTING THE TORNADO BUTTON YOU CHUCKLEFARK

www.getamped2.com
 
2013-10-17 05:55:18 PM
I didn't grow up around these sirens, so I was quite startled the first time I heard one in MI. I had just moved to MI, and was alone at my bro's place when a severe thunderstorm hit. The storm didn't bother me, but that siren sure got my attention. I didn't know such things existed.
 
2013-10-17 05:55:51 PM

miss diminutive: To The Escape Zeppelin!: I think being woken at 2:30 by a tornado because your tornado siren was malfunctioning would be worse.

Dammit, should've refreshed before posting.

Now I look quite the fool.


No, that's my job. Quit horning in ...
 
2013-10-17 05:56:30 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: miss diminutive: To The Escape Zeppelin!: I think being woken at 2:30 by a tornado because your tornado siren was malfunctioning would be worse.

Dammit, should've refreshed before posting.

Now I look quite the fool.

Great minds think alike and apparently have nightmares about tornadoes.


Who said anything about nightmares?

CSS:
Was living in a 2nd-floor apartment in East Texas in 2008. I'm from SoCal, and I admittedly (still) know very little about practical living in the Midwest. I wake up about midnight thirty to the sirens going off. I wake up my roommate, go, "Are those tornado sirens?" He goes, "Yeah," and goes back to sleep. I sit for a second, then, "HOLY CRAP!" I have no idea how much time we've got, so I stuff our two cats in carriers and throw all of us in the bathroom until the noise stopped. Oh, yeah, this was April Fool's Day. Quite the joke.

Fortunately, IIRC, there wasn't actually a confirmed tornado, just a badass storm that had hail the size of grapefruits, but even still it had that characteristic train sound to it . My car was pretty dented, but I didn't lose any windows. City PD lost every single windshield in their fleet though.

/feel free to laugh at my SoCal tornado survival skills. It was the only thing I could think of at the time, and my roommate, who was a Midwest native, didn't really know what to do either.
 
2013-10-17 05:59:01 PM

lack of warmth: I didn't grow up around these sirens, so I was quite startled the first time I heard one in MI. I had just moved to MI, and was alone at my bro's place when a severe thunderstorm hit. The storm didn't bother me, but that siren sure got my attention. I didn't know such things existed.


It just kinda stuck around after world war 2 and the cold war in cities with frequent severe weather.
 
2013-10-17 05:59:22 PM
What about being awoken at 2:28 am by a malfunctioning tornado siren? That's just as bad, isn't it? That extra two minutes of sleep can't really make that big of a difference, right?
 
2013-10-17 06:01:11 PM
Could be worse, could wake up to your wife spitting your freshly sawn off johnson out the window.


/dont hate..its happened.
 
2013-10-17 06:03:48 PM
Not nearly as bad as a malfunctioning air raid siren. Talk about people around you with PTSD freaking out.
 
2013-10-17 06:04:04 PM
If your siren is a failin, its probably made by Whelen.

/still trying to convince Cobb county to sell me one of their Federal Thunderbolt 1000T's. My neighbors would love me.
 
2013-10-17 06:08:55 PM
Or the neighbor's malfunctioning car horn, which decides to go bad at 3:00am, blaring away until the battery runs down. Cops are of no use at times like this, either, because they can't (or just won't) force open the car to disable it.
 
2013-10-17 06:09:04 PM

Bit'O'Gristle: Could be worse, could wake up to your wife spitting your freshly sawn off johnson out the window.


/dont hate..its happened.


Damn, dude. That's rough. My condolances.
 
2013-10-17 06:12:11 PM

Genju: Not nearly as bad as a malfunctioning air raid siren. Talk about people around you with PTSD freaking out.


Oof. Keep in mind, though, not everyone's PTSD trigger is sirens.

/took me about a year to open a door normally if someone knocked. For a little while we had a note taped up, "DOORBELL ONLY!"
//construction-like noises and other bangs not fun either
 
2013-10-17 06:18:54 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: Bit'O'Gristle: Could be worse, could wake up to your wife spitting your freshly sawn off johnson out the window.


/dont hate..its happened.

Damn, dude. That's rough. My condolances.


/thanks...im feeling much better now tho.
 
2013-10-17 06:19:43 PM

Loadmaster: Or the neighbor's malfunctioning car horn, which decides to go bad at 3:00am, blaring away until the battery runs down. Cops are of no use at times like this, either, because they can't (or just won't) force open the car to disable it.


If you unhook the battery the alarm should stop
 
2013-10-17 06:50:30 PM
Or even better, those damn Amber Alerts to our cell phones, despite blocking them.  A firmware update reset these to be allowed on our phones.   The whole damn office got woken up at 2am.   Bonus:  The Amber Alert was some 500+ miles away.
 
2013-10-17 07:05:33 PM
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2013-10-17 07:41:58 PM

Genju: Not nearly as bad as a malfunctioning air raid siren. Talk about people around you with PTSD freaking out.


One time, back when there was still a Soviet Union, some idiot broke into a siren box in Little Rock and set off the air raid sirens about 3AM.  I was the only person in the house who woke up, and I found myself rather more concerned with making my peace with God than with waking everyone else up.  It seemed like if they were capable of sleeping, there was no reason to make their last minutes on Earth unpleasant.

/felony charges were filed
//never heard how that turned out
 
2013-10-17 08:25:28 PM

TheEndIsNigh: Genju: Not nearly as bad as a malfunctioning air raid siren. Talk about people around you with PTSD freaking out.

One time, back when there was still a Soviet Union, some idiot broke into a siren box in Little Rock and set off the air raid sirens about 3AM.  I was the only person in the house who woke up, and I found myself rather more concerned with making my peace with God than with waking everyone else up.  It seemed like if they were capable of sleeping, there was no reason to make their last minutes on Earth unpleasant.

/felony charges were filed
//never heard how that turned out


A few years back, I had been reading the post-apocalyptic book War Day and had nuclear war on the brain as I fell asleep.  That was the night the tornado siren malfunctioned and I awoke to terror as I was sure the warheads were on the way.
 
2013-10-17 10:21:46 PM
The outdoor warning devices are only intended to alert people who are outside, authorities said.


Because fark the people inside?
 
2013-10-18 12:01:59 AM
When the Japan earthquake alert system glitches and rang just about every cell phone in the country many bricks were shat.

/was sitting in Denny's at the time
 
2013-10-18 12:40:33 AM
Yes there is: being woken up at 2:30am by an oil well doing some emergency venting. And at 4am. And at 5:15am. For two weeks.

/And at 13:72. Ah, yes, there it is.
 
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