Indian Govt Sends ‘Emergency Alert’ To Phones: Here’s Why – News18

The Indian Government is testing its emergency broadcasting services.

Earlier today, during the afternoon hours, many Indian phones received an ’emergency alert’ from the Indian Government. Read on to know why.

If you received an emergency alert on your phone at around 1:35 PM IST today, you are not alone. The National Disaster Management Authority sent the alert as a test of the Pan-India Emergency Alert System, according to PTI.

During the test, several users reportedly received a flash message with a loud sound.

“This is a SAMPLE TESTING MESSAGE sent through 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 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,” the test message reads. 

The Department of Telecommunications has stated that these alerts will be sent and tested on a regular basis to ensure that mobile operators and the cellular infrastructure are capable of handling emergency broadcasts. 

Moreover, this is said to be an attempt by the Government of india to prepare for calamities like Earthquakes, Tsuanmis, floods and other disasters.

As observed on social platforms including X (formerly Twitter), it is not always the case that all Indian citizens or operators receive emergency broadcasts simultaneously.