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On warning day 2022 all cell phones get a message at the same time

The nationwide warning day is a joint federal-state project to integrate an efficient alarm system. Now the date for 2022 is set – this is what’s coming up.

The first nationwide warning day in Germany took place on September 10, 2020. The reason: Since then, all so-called warning means are to be tested regularly across the federal states in case of an emergency. In view of recent disasters such as the 2021 flood in the southwest of the country, this seems to make perfect sense. However, implementation has been a bit of a problem so far. So here’s to a new warning day in 2022.

Warning Day 2022 will take place on December 8

The date for the next Warning Day has been set. Accordingly, the warning system in Germany is to be tested again on December 8. The purpose is to issue organized warnings on all available channels in order to prepare for an emergency. Among other things, a warning is to go out to all cell phones this year via so-called cell broadcasting.

“We have to test new systems in order to be able to use them precisely later,” said, for example, Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD). The test in December is now intended, on the one hand, to test the systems and improve them if necessary. On the other hand, you should give citizens the opportunity to get used to the processes and test the emergency.

Also interesting: Which apps warn of floods, heavy rain and the like?

How does a warning day work?

At 11 a.m. sharp, all the emergency services and authorities involved activate all the available warning devices. These include radio and television transmitters, panels, sirens and corresponding warning apps. The official warning app of the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK), for example, is called NINA.

New for Warning Day 2022, however, is the aforementioned cell broadcasting. With the help of this system, an additional cell phone message is to be sent to all citizens who are in the vicinity of a radio mast at that time. Unlike NINA, for example, this means that not only smartphone users can be reached, but all citizens with a cell phone.

First warning day in 2020 was a failure

The first warning day took place in 2020 and, in retrospect, was a failure. Among other things, the messages from the warning apps were only half an hour late. In federal states like Berlin, the planned siren alert was also cancelled because the area was too densely populated for civil defense sirens.

Then in 2021, the Federal Ministry of the Interior had to cancel the warning day altogether. The reason given by Horst Seehofer (CSU), who was responsible for the project at the time, was that the BBK was still working on a “comprehensive test landscape”. Among other things, this involved the installation of new sirens and the repair of old ones.

The fact that the 2022 Warning Day will now take place on December 8 and not at the beginning of September, as originally scheduled, is also due to system planning. The postponement is intended to give the cell broadcasting system even more time. In response to the flood disaster, the warning system is also to be generally improved and made more efficient in order to be optimally prepared in the event of an emergency and to be able to warn as many people as possible at an early stage.


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