This Day in History: 1955-02-23
The red alert, a series of three short blasts over a three-minute period on the air raid sirens was sounded for three days at noon. Each time it was followed by the all clear, three steady one minute blasts spaced at two-minute intervals. The purpose, according to Bernard Goreyca, newly appointed Civil Defense Council Chairman by the Township Committee, announced the test and explained that it was to inform the public of what the alarm sounded like. There was no Civil Defense mobilization during the drill and traffic was not required to stop. Goreyca ended his announcement by requesting that anyone interested in civil defense get in touch with him.