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Air-defense warning detailed

LOCAL residents in every corner of the city except the two airports will hear an air-defense warning on September 17, the National Defense Education Day, the Shanghai government announced yesterday. The warning will start at 11:35am and last until 12:03pm. Local authorities will inform people ahead of time through TV and radio broadcasts and cell phone text messages. The warning will be divided into three phases. The first section - early warnings - will ring for three minutes each starting at 11:35am. There will be 24-second intervals between the three-minute sirens, said Wang Huying, an official with the Shanghai Civil Defense Office. The second phase, from 11:45 to 11:48, will be for air alerts. The siren will sound for six seconds 15 times, with six-second pauses in between. The third part, a single three-minute siren, will tell people the alerts are lifted. The warnings are one in a series of activities to be launched on the National Defense Education Day, the third Saturday in September. Once the air defense warnings are over, local residents, especially those living in high-rise buildings, are expected to participate in fire-escape drills in their neighborhoods. Students, the key target of the defense education, have to join the drills at their schools. The fire drill has been listed one of the "10 practical projects" the city government intends to complete in 2011. It requires the participation of all residents in the wake of last year's inferno in a Jing'an District high-rise that claimed 58 lives. Wang also reminded local residents to stay calm when they hear the warnings, and drivers should take care in case of any traffic accident.

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