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Alarm Sounds

The necessity for a signal sound to inform or warn members of a society is not a recent invention. Even in the Stone Age, drums and animal horns were used to spread messages far and wide. After the discovery of various metals, people began to manufacture signal horns for military use. Instruments like trumpets and trombones are derived from these early horns. As we can see, alarm systems and siren sounds have been part of our society since the dawn of mankind.
The use of alarm bells goes back all the way to the Egyptians and the time of the Pharaos. These so-called plate bells were hung from shelves so that their distinctive sound could be heard from far away. This technique is still being used today, except that plate bells and forged bells have been replaced with cast bells. For many centuries, storm bells and alarm bells were used to warn village and city dwellers from fires and attacking barbarians.
After the Industrialisation, the ambient noise of a mechanised society necessitated a new kind of alarm system. The first sirens were steam-powered pipes used on steamships, because traditional bells were no longer loud enough to overpower the noise of the engines.

Air Raid Alarm Sounds

Thanks to electricity and the invention of the motorised siren, this type of siren was widely adopted before and during the Second World War. The undulating, howling sound of the siren was highly characteristic, which made it an efficient warning signal ahead of air raids. It also became synonymous with the terror of falling bombs -- death dealt from the skies. An entire generation was scarred forever by the sound of the motorised siren.

Nuclear Alarm

During the Cold War, sirens were no longer used to warn of air raids. Instead, they became alarm systems for possible nuclear attacks. In Germany, the term 'alert' replaced the previous 'air raid warning'. A shortened, one-minute siren alarm was devised to alert citizens of a possible attack.
In post-WWII England, alarm sirens were assigned a new meaning: alerting people to the threat of a nuclear attack. They were also used to warn people of floods and freak weather, as well as escaped prisoners or highly dangerous mental-health patients.

Electric Alarm Sirens

Electric alarm sirens are not only used in household alarm systems or fire alarms, they are also quite common in civil defence structures (although in larger versions). Electric alarm sirens create the siren signal with the help of a loudspeaker and an amplifier. A horn directs the siren sound into whatever direction is desired. Electric sirens come with the benefit of having few mechanical parts that need maintenance (except for the loudspeaker). These sirens are therefore much lighter than their mechanical counterparts. Thanks to the electric transmission of the siren signal, undulating sounds can be created. It is also possible to use the siren as a public-address system.

Flood Alarm Sounds

In Switzerland, the flood alarm consists of twelve constant low-frequency sounds that last 20 seconds each (with 10 seconds intervals between them). If you hear the flood alarm, you should get out of the affected area immediately. Flood alarm sirens are only installed in high-risk areas such as dams. If a dam breaks and a flood wave is released, a general (undulating) siren alarm will go off in the areas at risk.

Tsunami Alarm

The term 'tsunami' became a household word after 2004 when a massive sea-quake in the Indian ocean triggered a series of devastating flood waves. Indonesia was hit particularly hard, along with other countries on the Indian ocean: Thailand, India and Sri Lanka all suffered massive devastation from the tsunamis.
To prevent future disasters of a similar kind and warn coastal populations about sea-quakes and tsunamis, many countries installed early warning systems. Sirens and info displays were set up along beaches to alert people of approaching tsunamis by sounding an alarm or displaying a text message. Tsunamis are the result of sea-quakes or underwater rock-falls. Depending on the location of the quake, the shock wave of the tsunami might take quite a bit of time until it hits the shore. Early warning systems use satellites and buoys to identify shockwaves and trigger alarms.
In Thailand, tsunami sirens alert the population and the tourists of the approaching danger in more densely populated areas. Sirens are also used to warn of tsunamis in other countries. The type of siren and alarm used depends on the region and the country. The goal is always the same, though: to warn of the approaching danger.

1 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-Close_2 Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-Close_2.wav 1.90* Alarm - Car Alarm - Ext - Close-Up - Series Of Persistent Honks From Alarm Going Off; (1996 Ford Explorer)

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2 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-Close-U Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-Close-U.wav 2.30* Alarm - Car Alarm - Ext - Close-Up - Series Of Persistent Honks From Alarm Going Off; (1996 Ford Explorer) Alarm Alarm 0:32 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121920 SoundStorm Library 1.0
3 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-HospitalHeartMonit_1 Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-HospitalHeartMonit_1.wav 3.10* Alarm - Hospital Heart Monitor Alarm - Int - C U - Constant Tone, (Lower Level Alarm, Not For Life Threatening Situations) Alarm Alarm 0:34 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121988 SoundStorm Library 2.0
4 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-KitchenAlarm-Int-MCU Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-KitchenAlarm-Int-MCU.wav 4.60* Alarm - Kitchen Alarm - Int - MCU - Kitchen Room Tone With Alarm Buzz And Clock Ticking Alarm Alarm 2:16 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121993 SoundStorm Library 2.0
5 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-Close_3 Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-Close_3.wav 2.10* Alarm - Car Alarm - Ext - Close-Up - Rapid Honks For Alarm Going Off, (2001 Ford Explorer) Alarm Alarm 0:25 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121913 SoundStorm Library 1.0
6 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-NavyAlarmHornBlasts- Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-NavyAlarmHornBlasts-.wav 2.40* Alarm - Navy Alarm Horn Blasts - Interior - C U - Alarm Horn Blast Eight Times Alarm Alarm 0:14 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 122008 SoundStorm Library 2.0
7 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-Close_1 Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-Close_1.wav 1.20* Alarm - Car Alarm - Ext - Close-Up - 6 Steady Honks From Alarm Going Off; (1996 Ford Explorer) Alarm Alarm 0:04 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121911 SoundStorm Library 1.0
8 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-VentilatorWAirInI.V. Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-VentilatorWAirInI.V..wav 3.20* Alarm - Ventilator W Air In I.V. Pump Alarm - Int - C U - Regular I.V. Pump Alarm With Erratic Ventilator, Off Stage Voices In Background Alarm Alarm 0:37 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 122011 SoundStorm Library 2.0
9 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-HospitalHeartMonitor Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-HospitalHeartMonitor.wav 3.10* Alarm - Hospital Heart Monitor Alarm - Int - C U - On And Off, Two Tone, (Goes Off If Alarm Goes Above Or Below A Pre Determined Rate) Alarm Alarm 0:35 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121989 SoundStorm Library 2.0
10 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-HighPitchedAlarmWith Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-HighPitchedAlarmWith.wav 4.10* Alarm - High Pitched Alarm With C U Motor Sounds - Int - C U Rattle From Escalators, Some MCU Walla @ Times, Sounds Like Flappy Fan Belt And Electrical Motor Steady, Loud Alarm Goes Off @ 1 14 Alarm Alarm 1:32 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121987 SoundStorm Library 2.0
11 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-ElectronicCarAlarm_2 Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-ElectronicCarAlarm_2.wav 1.80* Alarm - Electronic Car Alarm - Ext - Medium Distant - Wailing Siren W Ascending Tones Alarm Alarm 0:05 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121970 SoundStorm Library 2.0
12 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-KlaxonAlarm-Int-CUMu Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-KlaxonAlarm-Int-CUMu.wav 2.60* Alarm - Klaxon Alarm - Int - CU Muffled, Mid-Range Signals Alarm Alarm 0:18 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 122002 SoundStorm Library 2.0
13 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-Close_7 Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-Close_7.wav 0.80* Alarm - Car Alarm - Ext - Close-Up - Activate; (2001 Ford Explorer) Alarm Alarm 0:01 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121917 SoundStorm Library 1.0
14 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-MultipleCarAlarms-Ex Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-MultipleCarAlarms-Ex.wav 3.30* Alarm - Multiple Car Alarm - Ext - MCU - Many Different Alarms @ Once, Honks, Sirens, Beeps Alarm Alarm 0:42 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 122007 SoundStorm Library 2.0
15 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-ChemicalAlarm-Ext-CU Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-ChemicalAlarm-Ext-CU.wav 1.50* Alarm - Chemical Alarm - Ext - CU Reverberant By Alarm Alarm 0:08 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121943 SoundStorm Library 1.0
16 Casablanca Sound Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarm,Car,Dist,Mistake,Wind Sound Effects Waveform Alarm,Car,Dist,Mistake,Wind.wav 1.60* Alarm: Alarm Car Distant Mistake Wind Alarm Alarm 0:03 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 4492 Casablanca Sound Library 2.0
17 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-ElectronicCarAlarm-E Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-ElectronicCarAlarm-E.wav 1.40* Alarm - Electronic Car Alarm - Ext - Medium Distant - Wailing, Buzzing, And Oscillating Tones Alarm Alarm 0:02 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121975 SoundStorm Library 2.0
18 Casablanca Sound Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarm,Tone,Buzz,Waver,Annoy Sound Effects Waveform Alarm,Tone,Buzz,Waver,Annoy.wav 3.30* Alarm: Alarm Tone Buzz Waver Annoy Alarm Alarm 0:14 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 4497 Casablanca Sound Library 1.0
19 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-ElectronicWatchAlarm Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-ElectronicWatchAlarm.wav 1.40* Alarm - Electronic Watch Alarm Beeps - Int - CU - High-Pitched, Rhythmic Double Beeps Alarm Alarm 0:02 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121980 SoundStorm Library 2.0
20 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-CU-Mult Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-CU-Mult.wav 2.70* Alarm - Car Alarm - Ext - CU - Multiple Activation And Deactivation Chirps With Horn Honks Alarm Alarm 0:21 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121922 SoundStorm Library 2.0
21 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-ElectronicAlarm-Ex_1 Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-ElectronicAlarm-Ex_1.wav 3.80* Alarm - Electronic Alarm - Ext - Distant And Muffled Mid-Ranged Pulses On 4 Tones Alarm Alarm 1:08 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121953 SoundStorm Library 2.0
22 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-GyroAlarm-Int-CUVLou Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-GyroAlarm-Int-CUVLou.wav 1.30* Alarm - Gyro Alarm - Int - CU V Loud, High-Pitched Whine Alarm Alarm 0:05 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121985 SoundStorm Library 1.0
23 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-MCU-Get Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-MCU-Get.wav 3.20* Alarm - Car Alarm - Ext - MCU - Getting Into Car And Beeping Alarm Alarm 0:37 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121927 SoundStorm Library 2.0
24 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-WristWatchTravelAlar Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-WristWatchTravelAlar.wav 2.80* Alarm - Wrist Watch Travel Alarm - C U - Rapid, Plusing Beeps, Has A Slight Sense Of Urgency Alarm Alarm 0:25 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 122017 SoundStorm Library 2.0
25 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-ElectronicAlarm-In_2 Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-ElectronicAlarm-In_2.wav 2.30* Alarm - Electronic Alarm - Int - CU Dissonant Mid-Range Pulses Alarm Alarm 0:33 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121958 SoundStorm Library 1.0
26 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-HospitalI.V.PumpAlar Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-HospitalI.V.PumpAlar.wav 3.20* Alarm - Hospital I.V. Pump Alarm - Int - C U - Medium Long Beeps With 8 Seconds Inbetween Each Beep - (Alerts If Fluid Stops Flowing Through Tube) Alarm Alarm 0:37 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121990 SoundStorm Library 2.0
27 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-MCUSing Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-MCUSing.wav 1.70* Alarm - Car Alarm - Ext - MCU Single Engage Chirp Alarm Alarm 0:04 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121932 SoundStorm Library 2.0
28 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarm,Horn Buzz,Rotate,Slow Sound Effects Waveform Alarm,Horn Buzz,Rotate,Slow.wav 3.30* Alarm: Alarm Horn Buzz Rotate Slow Alarm Alarm 0:34 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 81421 Sounddogs Sound Library 2.0
29 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-KlaxonAlarm-Int-CU_1 Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-KlaxonAlarm-Int-CU_1.wav 2.10* Alarm - Klaxon Alarm - Int - CU - High Pitched Cyclical Siren, Long Series Of Beeps Alarm Alarm 0:09 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121995 SoundStorm Library 2.0
30 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Alarm Category, Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-O.S-Yel Sound Effects Waveform Alarms-CarAlarm-Ext-O.S-Yel.wav 2.40* Alarm - Car Alarm - Ext - O. S - Yelps With Periodic Honks Alarm Alarm 0:14 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 121937 SoundStorm Library 2.0