On the warning day last week, Thursday, 97 percent of the citizens surveyed were reached via the federal, state and local government warning media mix, slightly more than in 2022. 75 percent of those surveyed were reached via cell broadcast. In a non-representative survey by heise online with 3,786 participants, 89 percent were reached via cell broadcast (as of September 18th; 1:52 p.m.).
Last year, the percentage of people warned via cell broadcast was 53 percent. This emerges from a study commissioned by the BBK and carried out by the Lower Saxony Criminological Research Institute with 160,782 participants to date.
A particularly large number of people can be reached via Cell Broadcast, as there is no need to install a special program on the smartphone or cell phone. Instead, smartphones must be able to receive a warning message. 59 percent of respondents were reached via “at least one warning app”. Siren signals were heard by 54 percent of survey participants. Around a tenth found out about the warning day through a personal message. Other warning devices played a smaller role, according to the survey, which runs until September 21st.
Warning app installed at around 77 percent
According to the survey, 77 percent of respondents have a warning app on their cell phone. 90 percent of survey participants had NINA installed, 27 percent had Katwarn installed and 25 percent had the German Weather Service app installed. Other warning apps account for a single-digit share. Some people even received an “urgent notification” from their Fritzbox.
“The answers so far show that we were able to reach 97 percent more people with a warning than last year. This is confirmation of the work in recent years and encourages us to continue on the path we have chosen,” says BBK President, Ralph Tiesler:
Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser also has words of praise: “The warning day was a great success. (…) A timely warning can save lives, regardless of whether it is about fires, severe storms, forest fires or other dangers. We want to ensure that “That citizens can protect themselves and others in the best possible way and recognize dangers in good time. Well-functioning warning systems are vital for this. We are now continuing to evaluate where the warning systems can be further improved.”
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