Government is testing emergency alerts for your phone, here’s what they mean – Times of India

Several Android users received a message today with a loud beep on their phones along with a ’emergency alert: severe’ flash. If you wondered what it was, the government tested its emergency alert system by sending a test flash on several smartphones. Mobile users in India had received a similar test alert on July 20 as well. The alert flashes on users’ mobile phone with a message accompanied by a loud alarm kind beeping noise. This beep keeps coming till the user presses OK. The purpose is to ensure that the alert message is read.

What the alert text said
“This is a SAMPLE TESTING MESSAGE sent through the Cell Broadcasting System by Department of Telecommunication, Government of India. Please ignore this message as no action is required from your end. This message has been sent to the TEST Pan-India Emergency Alert System being implemented by National Disaster Management Authority. It aims to enhance public safety and provide timely alerts during emergencies,” read the flash message received by several smartphone users around 1:30 PM IST today (August 17). The message was reportedly sent to certain Android phone users.

DoT statement on the alert
Such tests will be carried out from time to time in different regions to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the emergency warning broadcast capabilities of mobile operators and cell broadcast systems, the Cell Broadcasting System by Department of Telecommunication said.
The government is working with the National Disaster Management Authority to alert users about natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis and flash floods.