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videoLike every first Monday of the month, the air raid sirens are roaring across the country at noon today. Due to the war in Ukraine, the security regions only warned briefly via social media that this is a test and that people should not be afraid.

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07-03-22, 12:27

They do so on behalf of the National Coordinator for Security and Combating Terrorism. The test, which lasts 86 seconds, checks whether the Dutch alarm system is still working properly. The sounds of the sirens are primarily intended to make us aware of its existence. With the war and the fear of using nuclear weapons in mind, it will be noticed more than ever.

Hence the warning from the security regions. “It has to do with the situation in Ukraine,” a spokesman for the IJsselland Security Region told the newspaper The stone tower† “In Ukraine, the air attack siren now often starts. So if it goes off here due to our monthly tests, it may be associated with danger. We are now giving extra warnings so we can just test, because if something happens, the siren works. ”

Residents of Dinxperlo in Gelderland were startled by an alarm last Wednesday, considering the war in Ukraine. It turned out to have nothing to do with it. “Nobody pressed the button with us,” the North and East Gelderland Safety Region (VNOG) told the daily. Gelderlænderen. Later in the afternoon, it turned out to be the siren that was used to call firefighters to the barracks in the German neighboring village of Suderwick.


For years, there has been discussion in The Hague about the abolition of the 4278 dishes, each of which consists of three white slices on top of each other. They are from 1998 and are expected to be ‘used’ in 2025. Worn out. Replacing it all costs millions (estimated minimum cost: 166 million). Furthermore, is not the dishes hopelessly outdated at a time when everyone is carrying high-end phones?

NL-Alert is the name of the modern alternative that the government can now send warning messages to everyone’s mobile phone. “It also provides immediate information on what’s going on and what you should do,” Wilfred Nijhof said Eindhovens Dagblad† He was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and Security to investigate the old sirens last year. “When they go off, you do not know what is going on. All you know is to keep the doors and windows closed and turn on the television.”

In the event of an emergency, the regional television station assumes the role of official emergency transmitter. The government then tells what is going on and what the danger is. Only when the transmitter reports that the danger is over can you go outside again. But life-threatening situations rarely occur. In many cases, the warning and alarm system (WAS), as the siren is officially called, seems too heavy a tool.

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The security regions, on behalf of the National Coordinator for Security and Counter-Terrorism, warn that this is the monthly test. © ANP


Nijhof’s research shows that 8 percent of people are only warned with the sirens, and therefore not yet via NL-Alert. However, this percentage continues to fall. NL-Alerts warning text messages now reach 90 percent of people 12 years and older. So why do we still have the old-fashioned siren that is rarely used?

The new cabinet must make the decision: Remove the old sirens by 2025, renew them all or install them only in risk areas, such as heavy industry.

The first national alarm was set up around World War II to warn of air strikes. Today, a major fire or escape from toxic substances appears to be a more real danger.

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