Germany Announce date to Test Nationwide Emergency Alarm System

German authorities have announced plans to conduct a nationwide alarm system test on September 14, aimed at warning citizens of impending emergencies.
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The German Interior Ministry and the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) revealed that at 11 a.m. (0900 GMT), German citizens will receive warnings through various communication channels.

Julianne Seifert, an official from the ministry, stated, "We are relying on using a mix of warning methods." The warning messages will be transmitted through radio and television channels, as well as mobile phones via warning apps like Nina. In addition, sirens and information boards in cities will broadcast the messages on public transit platforms and within trains.

BBK President Ralph Tiesler said, "It's going to be loud." During the most recent test in December, approximately nine out of ten people in Germany received emergency warnings through various means.

These efforts to enhance communication with citizens during emergencies were intensified in Germany following the devastating flash floods that struck the western part of the country in the summer of 2021.

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