Emergency Alert | Assam is set to test the Cell Broadcast Alert System on October 30th, 2023, as part of a nationwide effort to enhance emergency communication during disasters. The test will be conducted by the Department of Telecommunications in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Authority.
The Cell Broadcast Alert System is a state-of-the-art technology that allows authorities to send critical and time-sensitive messages to all mobile devices within a designated geographical area, irrespective of whether the recipients are residents or visitors. This ensures that important emergency information reaches as many people as possible in a timely manner.
During the testing period, people in Assam may receive simulated emergency alerts on their mobile devices. These alerts are part of the planned testing process and do not indicate an actual emergency. Each test alert will clearly indicate that it is a Test Message to avoid confusion.
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority has stated that the test is being conducted to gauge the efficiency and effectiveness of the emergency alert broadcasting capabilities of the Systems in place, of various Mobile Operators and Cell Broadcast System. The test is also part of the government’s continuous commitment to the safety of citizens and communities.
Why is this important?
The Cell Broadcast Alert System is a vital tool for disaster communication. It can be used to warn people about impending natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, and cyclones. It can also be used to provide information about evacuations, shelter locations, and other important emergency services.
The test in Assam will help to ensure that the system is working properly and that people will be able to receive critical emergency alerts when they need them most.
What should people do?
People in Assam who receive a simulated emergency alert during the test should not be alarmed. The alert will clearly indicate that it is a Test Message.
People can help to ensure the success of the test by:
- Keeping their mobile phones turned on and charged.
- Making sure that their mobile phones are set to receive emergency alerts.
- Not forwarding or sharing the test alerts on social media.
If people have any questions or concerns about the test, they can contact the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.