This article is best consumed at the first Monday of the month, 12.00 o'clock
Hi there, you’re probably an expat wondering why the hell they’re sounding sirens in the Netherlands at the moment. First of all; don’t worry – it’s not an attack or something.
So why are they sounding sirens in the Netherlands?
Every first Monday of the month (like we didn’t loath Mondays already) at 12 noon the Netherlands tries out their governmental airraid alarm – since years also the alarm for other disasters. It takes about a minute and a half and has become somewhat of a nostalgic tradition now for most Dutch people (unless you’ve actually lived through that one airraid in Rotterdam 70 something years ago) due to any threat of an imminent attack being non-existent since the Sovietunion turned itsself into the biggest fraud-operation ever called ‘Russia’.
So while your Dutch co-worker just sits there being depressed because Monday happens, you are in the middle of a panic-attack because nobody told you about this alarm. There are even stories of poor war-refugees who freaked out, packed their stuff and went into hiding for a few days because of this analog remainder of the cold-war era.
So what if there’s an actual alarm in the Netherlands?
In case the enemy is so stupid to attack at any different moment than 12 noon Monday, or more likely a chemical train derails or nuclear power plant blows up, and the sirens are heard- What is one supposed to do?
- Go inside, if on the move, find a building
- Leave your children at school, they know better what to do there
- Close the doors and windows
- Abide from phone calling, but let’s be realistic about this world and go-ahead and check online what’s happening
- You might receive a text/sms from NL-alert (they test that too btw, no worries as well)
- Listen to the old-school radio channels. Here’s the Dutch governmental page on what to do in case of an emergency
- Convert to the believes of your new overlords in case of an actual attack.
Congratulations, now you’re fully prepared when the sirens in the Netherlands are heard once again!