Yesterday, we had a fire drill at the place where I work. Neither the emergency alarm beeping loudly, nor the volunteers shouting at the top of their voices asking people to evacuate the premises were able to disrupt the bonding among friends. People first leisurely gathered themselves in their ‘lunch’ groups. And then, descended the stairs slowly talking and gossiping, mostly about the futility of the exercise and its impact on their valuable ‘productive’ time.
I don’t think the emergency alarm has 2 different sound options – one for mock drill and the other for real emergency. With the current state of affairs, people might take evacuation seriously only if they see real fire or smoke with their own eyes.
It is good to gather, talk, discuss, communicate, exchange views, etc, but if there’s an evacuation process going on, the only action that first comes to my mind is to ‘Get out and get safe’.