It’s a part of life in the Foreign Service.
Every week the Marine Security Guards test the emergency notification system in the Embassy, to make sure that the various alarms are working and that we know what they sound like. Most of the time we don’t have to do anything during the test, just be aware of it. As long as the MSGs announce ahead of time that it’s a test, we don’t have to react.
But sometimes the security officers want to ensure that we can react if there is a real emergency. So when the alarm goes off unannounced, we have to assume that it’s the real thing and respond appropriately.
Which is why I found myself sitting under my desk in the middle of the morning.
Luckily I had a fresh cup of coffee with me at the time, so I used the time productively.
How was your day?