Warning sirens are bilingual Tuesday 

Residents of certain San Francisco neighborhoods may notice a change in that noon Tuesday siren. Fifteen emergency warning sirens around The City will be broadcast not only in English but also in Cantonese or Spanish.

The Department of Emergency Management has installed “either a Spanish or Cantonese computer chip that will play the Tuesday noon ‘test-only’ message in that language, as well as English,” reads a memo from the Department.

Also, there are 12 additional sirens throughout The City, and once new census data comes out, there may be more bilingual computer chips installed in other sirens. By the way, 13 of those 15 sirens are in Cantonese while two are in Spanish.

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