August 09, 2003

Why Did The Alarms Go Off?

At about 9:23 p.m. tonight, the emergency alarms went off. After three minutes (after dashing around the house shutting windows) I called 911 and asked why the alarms were going off. (You could hear them clearly in the background.) "I have no idea," replied the person on the other line, and then the phone went dead.

At 9:29, the last alarm blew. I don't know what happened. I don't see anything on SFGate saying we were attacked by the Taliban or that the earth had shook. So either it was a "mistake," as we have been reassured in the past, or some other "event" we're supposed to forget about. (If you're new to the point, welcome to our dirty little secret--environmental accidents caused by local factories.)

Anyone know what that was? Anyone know what to do next time to get a better answer?

Posted by kgs at August 9, 2003 09:33 PM | TrackBack

We hear a lot about how much we need Chevron and General Chemical... but no one talks about the chilling effect these companies have on the Point.

Posted by: K. G. Schneider at August 10, 2003 04:30 PM

Somehow I wasn't suprised to hear that siren go off. What I want to know is what took so long? We were coming across the San Rafael brige hours earlier and watched as a plume of black smoke rose above Chevron. Later when we heard the sirens, we closed our windows and turned the radio to 740 am and found that Chevron had emitted sulphuric acid. We were told, "It smells bad 'like rotten eggs' but its completely harmless." Nontheless we were advised to "shelter in place". I consider Chevron an unhealthy and lousy neighbor.

Posted by: Shera Thompson at August 10, 2003 08:54 AM
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