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Why Mobile Users Receiving Sample Messages on Phones in Emergency Alert System ?

Several people have reported receiving messages on their cellphones that said, “This is a SAMPLE TESTING MESSAGE sent through Cell Broadcasting System by the Department of Telecommunication, Government of India.” Please disregard this message as there is no action required on your part. This message was sent to TEST, the Pan-India Emergency Alert System being tested by the National Disaster Management Authority. Its goal is to improve public safety and offer timely alerts during emergencies.”

Should you be concerned about the message? No, it doesn’t. As mentioned in the message, it is a sample message sent by the Department of Telecommunication to test the effectiveness of its emergency alert system.

According to a July 20 statement from the Department of Telecommunications, these reviews will take place on a regular basis around the country. The goal is to examine the efficiency and usefulness of the existing emergency alert broadcasting capabilities of Mobile Operators and Cell Broadcast Systems.

This test message was used by the Department of Telecommunications to validate its emergency alert system. The Department of Telecommunications emphasises that the cell broadcast alert system is a technology that allows the government to send critical and time-sensitive disaster management messages to all mobile devices within a specified geographical area, regardless of whether the recipients are residents or visitors.

The government claims that this alert system ensures that critical emergency information is quickly distributed to the greatest number of people. It is a technique used by government entities and emergency services to alert the public about potential hazards and keep them informed. Cell Broadcast is widely used to deliver emergency alerts, such as tsunamis, flash floods, earthquakes, and other extreme weather events.

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