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Test alarm and test warnings on the nationwide warning day


The Warning Day is a joint day of action by the Federal Government and the Länder. It will take place for the first time on Thursday, 10 September 2020 from 11 am.

The aim of the warning tag and the sample warnings is that:

  • you are familiar with emergency warnings and
  • You know what to do after an alert.

Warnings are issued by the competent authorities at federal, state and local level. Warnings are issued, for example, in the event of natural hazards such as flooding, dangerous weather or a supply failure.

The day of action is also intended to draw attention to the available warning devices. These include, for example,

  • Sirens
  • warning apps for mobile phones,
  • overlays on digital billboards, or
  • an interruption of the program on the radio to read a warning.

The federal and state governments are preparing the nationwide warning day together with representatives from the municipalities. It takes place annually on every second Thursday in September.

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On the warning day, test warnings and test alarms are triggered in different ways. The following procedure is planned:

  • At 11:00 a.m., a test warning is sent to all bodies participating in the warning system of the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK), the so-called warning multipliers. For example, radio stations and the technology (server) for warning apps are connected to the warning system.
  • The warning multipliers send the sample warning via their systems or programs to those devices on which you read, hear or perceive the warning – for example, on radios or the Federal Emergency Information and News App (NINA).
  • At the same time, the competent authorities in the federal states, districts and municipalities trigger available warning devices for testing, such as sirens and loudspeaker trucks.
  • With each alert, you'll usually get recommendations on what you can do to protect yourself or where to get more information.
  • At 11:20 a.m., another test signal will be sent to the participating places to give the all-clear.

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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