Duck and Cover

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When you hear a siren blasting through the Boise Foothills in the next few days, don’t panic. There’s no need to make like those Cold War era safety films and find cover under a desk or a scrap of newspaper because the commies are coming.

Nope, this shrieking alarm is all about public safety.

Ada County will be testing its Foothills early warning sirens (the existence of a system of early warning sirens being a complete surprise to some of us). The sirens will be going off in brief bursts on Thursday, March 11, and Friday, March 12, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day.

Afore mentioned sirens are located in the Cottonwood, Hulls, Crane Creek and Stuart gulches and are designed to warn residents and hikers about flash floods.

If there were an actual flash flood, the sirens would sound for at least three minutes, at which point anyone in those areas should hightail it for higher ground.

This time though, remember, this is as test, this is only a test.

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