'Emergency Alert: Severe': Government's message to smartphones across India - Here's Why
'Emergency Alert: Severe': India conducted a test of its emergency alert system today, sending a test flash to several smartphones. Users received a loud beep on their phones along with an 'emergency alert: severe' flash.
The message stated, "This is a SAMPLE TESTING MESSAGE sent through Cell Broadcasting System by the Department of Telecommunication, Government of India. Please ignore this message as no action is required from your end. This message has been sent to TEST the Pan-India Emergency Alert System being implemented by the National Disaster Management Authority. It aims to enhance public safety and provide timely alerts during emergencies."
Emergency Alert: Severe
Who else got this Alert from Cell Broadcasting System th by Department of Telecommunication, Government of India. Pan-India #Emergency #AlertSystem by #NationalDisaster Management Authority. pic.twitter.com/OxodkIoJeC — ADV. INDER KUMAR ???????????? (@InderKumar1895) September 15, 2023
The Indian government is right now testing an emergency alert message. If you receive this, there is no need to worry. You'll be alerted if there is a pan India emergency. pic.twitter.com/8DouXJdw77 — Ismat Ara (@IsmatAraa) September 15, 2023
The message was sent to all Android phones at 12.19 pm today.
Similar tests will be conducted periodically in different regions to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the emergency warning broadcast capabilities of mobile operators and cell broadcast systems, as stated by the Department of Telecommunication's Cell Broadcasting System.
The government is collaborating with the National Disaster Management Authority to enhance preparedness for disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and flash floods. Phone users in India previously received similar test alerts on July 20 and August 17.
- With inputs from agencies