Code red again: unnecessary panic or really important?

Phaedra Werkhoven, columnist of De Stentor, thinks we have gone too far in the warnings. “The issue of the warning code red creates panic and immediately all schools close in advance. We are not leaving the house. But what does it make sense? The winter is not suddenly yesterday. We have had snow showers before. “

Think logically

She believes that people can think logically and decide for themselves whether they want to go out and about. “It makes us all so panicky and cautious. That’s an effect of the entire corona policy. They only think about safety. But you can’t guarantee that for everyone.”

According to Werkhoven, politicians try to limit the risks, for fear of settlement afterwards. “Then it is said: the accidents should not have happened. There will be a wave of reactions if you do not issue a warning.”

Risk management

Martin van Staveren, lecturer in risk management at the University of Twente, has his doubts. “On the one hand, I understand why code is issued red. You want to warn people,” he told EditieNL. “And if the government does nothing and things go badly wrong, they will be criticized.”

“On the other hand, I think: how serious is it now? You are already shutting down society in advance, while you do not know what is going to happen. We are going through that a bit. It makes us anxious.”

According to Van Staveren, if we continue to warn, we will think that we can control and control everything. “From the risk perspective I see it this way: dealing with risks is good, but controlling them is not. Because what is the limit? How far do you want to go?”

Managing risks

That is also the book he wrote during the corona crisis: Everyone is a risk leader. “You hear the word safety a lot in the corona era. It is often said: it is very annoying for the youth, but it must be safe. And then the discussion is immediately flattened. In my book I look: what can we control? and what not? This also prevents disappointments. “


The situation on the road was better than expected this morning, says Arjen Broekhuis of the ANWB. Still, he understands the warnings. “Ice is the most treacherous slipperiness you can imagine. You see snow falling, but you don’t see ice.”

According to the ANWB, people adhered to it this morning. “They wouldn’t hit the road if they didn’t have to. The number of accidents on the highways was not too bad. Three or four in all.”

“We have noticed some more accidents on the underlying road network – roads and roads in municipalities,” Broekhuis continues. “In some places it was very dangerous.” All in all, there were some accidents. “Not a hundred, but dozens. They could have been cyclists, cars and pedestrians.”

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