Statewide test today, Thursday Sirens check in Bonn and the Rhein-Sieg district at 10 am

Bonn/Region · On Thursday the sirens will sound statewide in North Rhine-Westphalia wide at 10 am. In Bonn and the Rhein-Sieg district alone, more than 350 sirens will be tested for their functionality this morning.

On Thursday it will get loud in NRW: At 10 am there will be a statewide siren test alarm, as the press office reports. Bonn checks 58 sirens for their functionality, which are triggered by the fire brigade control centre. More than 300 sirens are tested in the Rhein-Sieg district. In addition, the citizens are to be reminded of the significance of the signals.

For one minute, an uninterrupted alarm sounds, which in an emergency stands for "all-clear". Then the signal for "warning" is tested with a one-minute rising and falling howl tone, which indicates a dangerous situation in an emergency. Then the constant tone for "all-clear" sounds again.

In addition to a special warning window on the city's homepage, the direct announcement option is being tested on Radio Bonn/Rhein-Sieg's programme. So far there has been a test alarm twice a year on Saturdays. A new decree of the NRW Ministry of the Interior determines the half-yearly rehearsals of the warning sirens on the first Thursday in March and September.

(Original text: GA Bonn / Translation: Mareike Graepel)

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