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Sirens will be tested in Switzerland on Wednesday

Sirens will be tested throughout Switzerland today, Wednesday. Around 5000 sirens will sound at 1.30 pm. The Warnapp Alertswiss channels will also be checked at the same time. Information on the emergency plan is available in additional languages this year.

The siren test will take place between 1.30 and 4.30 p.m., wrote the Federal Office for Civil Protection (Babs). The population does not need to take any measures.

The general alarm, a regular ascending and descending wailing tone lasting one minute, is tested. The water alarm is tested in the near zones below dams. The signal consists of twelve low continuous tones lasting 20 seconds. According to Babs, 99 percent of the sirens worked perfectly last year.

In all cantons, a message is also triggered via Warnapp Alertswiss. This message does not trigger a siren sound on the smartphone, as is the case with an alarm message, writes the Babs. According to Babs, the app is actively installed on around two million mobile devices.

In addition to the national languages, the available languages of the emergency plan also include Portuguese, Albanian, Spanish, Serbian, Croatian, Turkish, Arabic and Ukrainian. An easy-to-read version is also available for German, French and Italian.

©Keystone/SDA

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