Wiesbaden (dpa/lhe) - According to Hesse's Interior Minister Peter Beuth (CDU), the nationwide warning day next Thursday (December 8) is intended to raise awareness of warnings of dangerous events. "Again and again, local dangers show us how important the various warning channels are in such cases," Beuth explained in Wiesbaden on Saturday. "The warning day should again contribute to increasing the acceptance and knowledge of the warning of the population in emergencies."
In addition to alarm sirens and radio announcements, the Hessian population will again be informed via the free warning app hessenWARN and the social media channels of the Hessian police. "With the warning, citizens receive a recommendation on what they can do to protect themselves or where they can get more information," explained Beuth.
The sirens in the municipalities are supposed to wail at 11 a.m. that day. It is also about testing the technical warning infrastructure. This also includes the "cell broadcast" introduced by the federal government, which will be tested extensively and as a prototype for the first time on December 8th. With the system, warning messages like radio signals are sent via the mobile phone network to all compatible devices that are logged into a radio cell - hence the name cell broadcast. Both the siren signal for the test alarm at 11:00 a.m. and for the all-clear at 11:45 a.m. should each last one minute.