- ‘Attention – Do Not Panic’: Russia to Conduct Emergency Public Warning Tests on 4 Oct (Same as USA)
by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; editing by Guy Faulconbridge, https://www.reuters.com/
- Russia to hold public warning tests
- Russia says: Do not panic when you hear the sirens
- United States also to hold public warning test
MOSCOW, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Russia will conduct a nationwide test of its emergency public warning systems on Wednesday, blaring out sirens and interrupting television broadcasts to warn the population of an impending danger.
The test, first conducted in 2020, is part of a new initiative that requires authorities to conduct tests twice a year, starting from Sept. 1. It comes, though, amid the war in Ukraine which has triggered the deepest crisis in Russia’s relations with the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
At 10:43 a.m. Moscow time (0743 GMT), sirens will wail and stern announcements demanding “Attention everyone!” will alert the public, mimicking what would happen in a true disaster or catastrophe. “When you hear the sound of a siren, you need to remain calm and not panic, turn on the TV – any publicly accessible channel or radio – and listen to the information message,” the Ministry of Emergency Situations said in a statement.