On Friday afternoon, many smartphone users in India received a loud emergency alert with a distinct beep sound. This alert was actually a test message sent by the Department of Telecommunication to evaluate the new emergency alert system developed by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
The message clearly stated that it was just a test and that no immediate action was needed. The test message was sent between 12 noon and 12:45 pm.
Emergency Alert Test in India
The message conveyed that it was a sample test message sent through the Cell Broadcasting System by the Government of India’s Department of Telecommunication. It urged people to disregard the message as there was no action required on their part.
The purpose behind sending this message was to evaluate the nationwide Emergency Alert System, which is being implemented by the National Disaster Management Authority. This system aims to improve public safety and provide timely alerts during emergencies.
No Action Required
The NDMA is conducting these tests periodically in different regions across the country to assess how well the emergency alert broadcasting capabilities of various Mobile Operators and the Cell Broadcast System are working.