The Wanan air raid drills are held on an annual basis, with an estimated 350,000 people cannot hear the sirens as they live in the so-called "coverage gap" areas.
Most people are familiar with the siren sounds that accompany the annual Wanan air raid drills. However, Xikang Borough in Taipei's Neihu District is among the places in the coverage gap, according to an audit report from the central government.
Resident 1:” I've heard them before, they should be pretty loud.”
Resident 2:” You can hear them here, but not too loudly. Sometimes it's really loud, sometimes it's very quiet.”
Wang Hsing-kuo, Chief, Xikang Borough, Neihu District, Taipei City:” If you're closer to a large road, then you can hear them more clearly. There are some coverage gaps, so they want to install them there.”
Xikang Borough is not a rare case. As of November 2020, 38 villages and boroughs, or 350,000 people in seven cities and counties cannot hear the siren. There are government offices, hospitals, and schools located in coverage gaps. The National Police Agency vows to eliminate coverage gaps.
Voice of Chiu Ping-sheng, Director, Maintenance Unit, Civil Defense Office, NPA:” For places that are not covered, city and county governments will first set up warning stations and sirens. They will add more and coordinate with the broadcasting systems of villages and boroughs. Patrolling police vehicles and organized defense groups will also help to sound the sirens.”
The heated demand for land has made it difficult to find places for warning stations. But local authorities are firing up for suitable locations to place the alarms. In case the Internet and television are paralyzed, these sirens will play a small but life-saving role.