Don't panic! Test of national catastrophe alarm

57 posts in this topic

At 11:00 on Sept 10th 2020 - and subsequently every September thereafter,

the ABC alarms will sound (Atomic / Bioweapon / Chem attack).

 

This would also be used in case of other major catastrophies (Flood, fire...)

 

Surely we will be told daily until then not to panic - it's just a test

but as my local paper mentioned it today, I looked it up.

 

A siren, alternating high and low in pitch will sound for a minute.

In case this happens at any other time (!) you should follow the instructions below.

 

  • Leave the radio or television switched on and pay attention to the instructions.

  • Inform your neighbours.

  • Call your children into the house.

  • Do not pick up your children from school or kindergarten.

  • Stay in a closed building.

  • Keep windows and doors closed.

  • Pick up passers-by.

  • Look after people in need of help.

  • Only pick up the phone in an extreme emergency.

  • Do not block emergency calls 110 and 112 with enquiries.

  • Stay away from the damaged area.

  • Do not obstruct the emergency services in their work

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

 

Government website

 

Map leading to state specific warning info

 

Siren sounds (warning / all clear)  at foot of page about Schleswig-Holstein

5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ah, brings back memories of that time when I was 11 and they tested the siren near my school.

It was the same week they had also tested the emergency 'atomic attack on the way' broadcast and had been just pushng that information out.

 

I often laugh at the chill that went down my spine and kids around me looking shocked, crying, hiding under the table and generally just being in a 'for real' state of panic.

Took the teacher a good 5 minutes to get everyone calmed down... 

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In the Netherlands we have this for decades: every first Monday of the month at noon. Nothing special. We always said: "The Russians are coming." Our dog started hauling when he heard the sirenes :)

2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Switzerland has also had this for decades. You can hear the sirens being tested every year on the first Wednesday in February, early afternoon. We can hear them even in Germany, as would anyone who lives in the border region.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We have it every Saturday morning - at least I think every week. Hideous, but you get used to it. 

 

Last year on one memorable Saturday morning we first had the alarm and then some jokers blew up a massive tree on the hillside opposite. That was fun.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, lunaCH said:

Switzerland has also had this for decades. You can hear the sirens being tested every year on the first Wednesday in February, early afternoon. We can hear them even in Germany, as would anyone who lives in the border region.

I'm sorry, but Switzerland is not that advanced yet. They use following alarm system:

 

 

Download.jpeg

5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
51 minutes ago, kiplette said:

We have it every Saturday morning - at least I think every week. Hideous, but you get used to it. 

 

We get that too, used as "end of market" signal on Saturdays.

 

However - This new annual test will not just be the local siren,

but also the messages on the radio, warn Apps (NiNa & Co)

 

So your phones may start bleeping too...

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
56 minutes ago, kiplette said:

We have it every Saturday morning - at least I think every week. Hideous, but you get used to it. 

 

 

Once upon a time I worked around the corner from Broadmoor Hospital, the high security hospital in UK.

 

All the really smart, criminally insane inmates could escape at 11:00 on a Monday,

as there too was a regular test of the sirens

:ph34r:

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, LukeSkywalker said:

I'm sorry, but Switzerland is not that advanced yet. They use following alarm system:

Download.jpeg

So that's what that flipping row was!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And the Swiss army only have those small knives to fight with! Thank you Billy Connolly. 

4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gave up after 20 seconds, slammer!😂

Was it one of those nul point entries?😂

( like most UK entries these days!)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, john g. said:

Gave up after 20 seconds, slammer!😂

Was it one of those nul point entries?😂

( like most UK entries these days!)

Pepe Lienhard is still going strong in the pointy land of the CHians, explains a lot I suppose.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Don’t forget to inform elderly neighbors who may have gone through WWII and might be scared when those sirens go off. I informed my 92-year-old neighbor yesterday, and she knew nothing about it. Now this is someone who is very informed and usually knows about things before I do.
 

I don’t know what it’s like in other cities, but Berlin could’ve done a better job of informing its elderly population tbh. I’m sure this will be traumatic for many of them. 

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In the event of a national threat that everybody knows about, action must be taken.

When not, these things are like car theft alarms which everybody ignores.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now