Next nationwide warning day takes place on 8 December

In order to be able to warn people in Germany well in the event of possible disaster situations, the federal government rehearses the various warning means at regular intervals - including on the next nationwide warning day on 8 December. On that Thursday, sirens will therefore also be triggered in Waldeck-Frankenberg and test warnings sent to smartphones. It is important to know: The day is a test, there is no real danger.

Preparing for possible crises
Dangerous weather conditions, chemical accidents, power outages, fires and much more: situations in which the population must be warned of dangers across the board can be manifold. In the hope that such situations may not occur, it is nevertheless advisable to prepare for an emergency - and also to practise warning the population. Because: The more familiar you are with the topic, the more independently and effectively you can act and protect yourself in an actual crisis situation.

Warning via siren, push message and new warning system Cell Broadcast
On 8 December, the sirens in Waldeck-Frankenberg will therefore wail between 11 and 12 o'clock. The aim is to trigger all 272 sirens in the district - whether analogue or via digital radio. In addition, those who have downloaded warning apps such as HessenWARN or NINA, etc. onto their mobile phones will also be informed about the test alarm via push message, provided they have activated the function.

Independently of this, all smartphone users will also be warned via mobile radio for the first time - regardless of whether they have loaded a warning app or not. Using the new Cell Broadcast warning function, all mobile phone users who have loaded the latest operating system will automatically receive an SMS informing them of the warning test. The system sends messages to all compatible devices that are logged into a cell. The new system is another component in the nationwide alert mix.

Nationwide, the warning will also be tested on 8 December, among other things, via radio and television, digital warning signs or, in some regions, through the use of loudspeaker trucks. In the Waldeck-Frankenberg district, however, the test alert is limited to sirens and smartphone messages. In addition, there will be corresponding messages and information in the social media on the Facebook page and on the website of the district.

The last nationwide warning day took place two years ago. A need for optimisation had become apparent nationwide - which is why the day of action is now being repeated this year. With the trial warning on the nationwide warning day, the different warning means and the procedures in the event of a warning are practically tested with the aim of detecting possible technical weaknesses in the function of the warning means and in the procedures of the warning and, if necessary, to eliminate them afterwards in order to continuously improve the warning of the population in the event of an emergency. In future, the warning day will take place once a year. Further information on the topic is also available online at


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