It was not your imagination — the noon siren that goes off every Tuesday as part of San Francisco’s emergency-warning system did indeed go off five to six minutes late this week. While the S.F. Department of Emergency Management offered a perfectly reasonable excuse for this, jokers on Twitter went off with various hilarious theories on why our favorite Tuesday afternoon mainstay was a few minutes behind schedule.
— Aaron P. Leifer (@ohthataaron) September 25, 2018
Since Muni delays made elected officials late for a Transit Week celebration at City Hall Monday, our beloved and beleaguered public transportation system was dragged into the joke. The siren was not late because of Muni, despite that being an all-purpose San Francisco excuse.
Wait, there was no test siren in SF today at noon. Did they cancel it to avoid freaking out the Dreamforce attendees? How am I supposed to eat lunch on a Tuesday without the siren?!
— Ben Serrurier (@benserrurier) September 25, 2018
A deluge of Dreamforce attendees clogging up SoMa and downtown was offered as a usual suspect. Dreamforce did not cause the siren to blare late, though the conference was put on blast by a group of demonstrators protesting Salesforce’s contracts U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
Noon siren was 6 minutes LATE today. Whaaat?
— Shannon Cole (@oshanada) September 25, 2018
While the siren was five to six minutes behind schedule, the emergency-warning delay was not caused by an actual emergency, and this was not the system’s first miscue.
Thanks for checking in! The siren test was delayed today due to technical difficulties. This is a big reason why we test the sirens every week. We want ensure the system works during an emergency & identify any issues that need be fixed.
— San Francisco DEM (@SF_emergency) September 25, 2018
The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management’s Twitter account confirmed siren’s tardiness today, saying “the siren test was delayed today due to technical difficulties.” By all accounts, the horns and their “This is a test” messages will return as scheduled next Tuesday.
tweet was punctual; siren wasn’t today. what does it all mean??
— Rachelle Levy (@raconthegrid) September 25, 2018
The @SFSiren parody account on Twitter was not delayed by the technical difficulties.