Saturday 16 November 2019

Dutch alarm system fails to sound during monthly test

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Netherlands tests its national alarm system on the first Monday of every month, but today it failed to go off over large parts of the country.

The warning system failed to sound in Amsterdam, Noord-Limburg, Gelderland, Utrecht and parts of Zuid-Holland, officials said. They are still trying to establish the cause of the breakdown.

The network of sirens is used to warn people about major incidents and is tested every month at midday. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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