Guangzhou will conduct an air raid drill on September 21, China’s National Defense Education Day, to improve residents’ abilities to respond to possible attacks, the city’s Civil Air Defense Office spokesman Zhu Shuming, said at a press conference yesterday.
A total of 92 military vehicles, 12 boats and two unmanned aerial vehicles will be used in the exercise.
Three rounds of sirens—early warning, air raid warning, and the all clear—will be sounded from 10:40 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the day of the drill. A number of residents and college students will be evacuated from their homes and classroom buildings, learning how to take shelters, protect important facilities, and afford first-aid to the injured during the drill. Authorities remind the public to be prepared and not to panic when the sirens sound.
More than 1,670,000 people from 1,543 schools and 72 organizations will join the maneuver, which will set a record for number of participants.
In addition to issuing warnings to the public, the drill also will include a coastal defense event at the mouth of the Pearl River.
At the press conference, a Civil Air Defense employee showed reporters how to use manual alarms and properly wear chemical protective suits.