Navy warning tests
Too frequent, upsetting to many
I am a home-care aide in Everett. I am tired of having to soothe the fears of my developmentally disabled clients when they hear the Navy warning suddenly sound out loud, inflammatory instructions urging citizens to seek shelter. I understand that tests of the system are crucial, however, the number of times that random warnings have been sounded is beyond reason. My clients are immediately struck with fear and begin yelling about taking shelter. Numerous times I have called 911 and been informed that not only have others called to report the same concerns, but that no prior warning was given about these drills.
In fact, one time I called 911 I was told that the Everett Navy base had warned Skagit Valley of impending drills, but did not warn the citizens of Everett! I have no idea who isn’t doing their job but such lack of communication is going to make us all immune to the audible alarms and warning when a real emergency hits. My clients are tired of hearing the boy who cries wolf and we would all appreciate some communication from city leaders and Navy base officials to keep such needless, negligent warnings from interrupting our days.