Central Taiwan to conduct air raid drill on May 30

Notices will be posted at Taichung High Speed Rail Station to inform foreign visitors

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An air raid drill will take place in Central Taiwan and Penghu on May 30 (image courtesy of www.police.taichung.gov.tw)

An air raid drill will take place in Central Taiwan and Penghu on May 30 (image courtesy of www.police.taichung.gov.tw)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Central Taiwan, including the city of Taichung and Penghu, will conduct an air raid drill from 1:30 to 2 p.m. on May 30.

The drill, which has been titled Wan-An No.42, is one of regular annual tests held in various parts of the country. Residents were advised to stay inside, close windows and doors, and turn lights off.

“Once the air raid sirens go off, all moving vehicles and pedestrians should follow the instructions of police officers, military police and civil defense staff, evacuating to the nearest shelter,” the announcement on Wednesday (May 8) said.

Violators could be subject to fines from NT$30,000 (US$969) to NT$150,000, the Liberty Times reported.

Users of 3G and 4G devices inside the affected area would be informed by text message about the event, according to the Taichung City Police.

Apart from Taichung, the drill will also be conducted in Penghu, Nantou, Changhua, Yunlin, Chiayi City and Chiayi County.

Since the area includes the Taichung High Speed Rail Station in Wuri District, the authorities have advised the rail company to set up signs in foreign languages and broadcast multilingual information for international visitors, who might not understand why they are not allowed to leave the station during the drill, the Liberty Times reported.