Residents told not to fret over ‘Giant Voice’

By From page A5 | January 17, 2014

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — If you hear dire noises coming from Travis on three upcoming days – Friday, Jan. 24 and Jan. 30 – don’t worry. It’s only the base’s emergency notification system, known as the Giant Voice, and it’s only part of an exercise.

Travis warns people who live near the base that they should expect to hear excess noise from the Giant Voice on those three days.

One of the system’s uses is to issue emergency notifications to base personnel who are outdoors. People near the base should expect to hear frequent tones and voice announcements during these three days, with the word “exercise” used three times before and after the voice or tone announcements.

“Using ‘Exercise, Exercise, Exercise’ makes sure people are informed that the activity described is an exercise and not a real event,” said Travis’s Installation Emergency Manager Mark Wilson in a press release. “No actions need to be taken by the public during these exercise tones and voice announcements.”

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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