Received An Emergency Alert With High Beep Sound On Your Phone? Here’s What It Means

A lot of people have received an emergency message on their phones about natural disasters and they are unsure about what it is and who sent that message. 

Today, India has tested its emergency alert system in which a test flash message was sent to the users. There was a loud beep on people’s smartphones with a flash warning along with an emergency alert “severe flood”.

The flash warning was sent at 1:35 pm today on all the Android phones. It read “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”.

Indian phone users received a similar warning on July 20 as well. 

As per Cell Broadcasting System by Department of Telecommunication the aim behind these messages is to test the efficiency and effectiveness of the emergency warning broadcast capabilities of mobile operators in the time of a calamity and emergency.

The National Disaster Management Authority is also working with the government to prepare well for the calamities like earthquake, floods, tsunamis etc.

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