Germany to Establish Nationwide Phone Broadcast Warning System

The  German Federal Ministry of the Interior announced that it will introduce a warning system using mobile networks following the recent flood disaster

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that the proposed system will supplement the existing warning system.

“The warning of the population has to work, on all channels. If you are woken up at night, you have to know immediately what happened and how to behave,” said Seehofer. 

After more than 150 people died during the floods citizens and scientists questioned whether Germany’s weather warning system could keep citizens safe.

“We shouldn’t be mourning this many fatalities in 2021,” Hannah Cloke, a professor of hydrology at Reading University.

Currently, Germany utilizes the modular warning system of the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid (BBK) and apps such as Katwarn or NINA but both failed to prove their worth during the recent disaster. 

According to the Interior Ministry, the cell broadcast system would be more effective and could directly warn citizens compared to sirens, loudspeaker announcements, or radio, and TV bulletins.

Seehofer said that the BBK had already commissioned a feasibility study last spring for the cell broadcasting system. 

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