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 Yet Another Emergency Alert on Your Phone: No Immediate Action Required, Says Telecom Department Published: 10th October 2023, 11:40 AM IST Stay ConnectedWhatsApp Livemint A recent message has been dispatched to citizens across India, and it’s not a cause for concern. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has sent a ‘Sample Testing Emergency Alert’ on October 10.

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The message explicitly reads: “This is a TEST MESSAGE sent through the Cell Broadcasting System by the Department of Telecommunication, Government of India. Please disregard this message, as no response is needed from your end.”

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This message has been disseminated nationwide as part of the ongoing assessment of the country’s Emergency Alert System, which is being implemented by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). Recipients are reassured that there’s no need to take any immediate action. According to the message, these tests are carried out with the purpose of “enhancing public safety and delivering timely alerts during emergency situations.”

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Continued Evaluation A similar broadcast test was conducted on September 15 last month. The DoT’s Cell Broadcasting System stated that such tests would be conducted periodically in various regions to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of mobile operators and cell broadcast systems in delivering emergency warnings.

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The government is collaborating closely with the NDMA on this project, which will be instrumental during disasters such as tsunamis, flash floods, earthquakes, and other emergency scenarios.

In a statement dated July 20, the DoT emphasized that “these evaluations will occur periodically in different regions throughout the country.” The aim is to “assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the emergency alert broadcasting capabilities of the Mobile Operators and Cell Broadcast System already in place.”

The Department of Transport (DoT) highlights that the cell broadcast alert system is a technology enabling the government to send crucial and time-sensitive disaster management messages to all mobile devices in a specific area, whether users reside there or are merely visiting.

Officials assert that this alert system ensures the rapid dissemination of essential emergency information to the widest audience possible. It serves as a valuable tool for government agencies and emergency services to promptly notify the public about potential threats. 

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