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Cell Broadcast: What you need to know about the SMS alert system | life and knowledge

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You need to know this for warning day in December

Hey, what kind of SMS is that? Mobile phone owners in Germany are currently receiving an SMS on their device stating that a nationwide warning day is planned for December 8th. Behind this is the Cell Broadcast alert system, which will be used throughout the country in the future.

What happens on December 8? At 11 am, the entire population of Germany must be prepared for an emergency with an exercise.

Federal, state, and local governments then want to test their alert options, which can inform the population of imminent danger in an emergency. The test run is intended to identify weaknesses and possible improvements in the alert system.

From 11 a.m. the announcements will be broadcast on radio, television and, for the first time, by SMS. These notifications are sent to all compatible devices as broadcast signals. As soon as the SMS arrives, a loud acoustic signal also sounds. This means that users do not have to download a special application.

The reason for the introduction of the new warning system was the severe storm and flooding in the Ahr Valley last summer, which killed dozens of people. The disaster made it clear that earlier warning sirens and apps were not enough to reach the population across the board.

To receive the warning SMS, your mobile phone must be turned on and ready to receive. Smartphones with the Google Android operating system are compatible from version 11, iPhones require the operating system versions iOS 16, 15.7.1 or 15.6.1.

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