The testing of the mobile emergency and disaster notification system – BG-ALERT – officially begins today, BTV reported. If you get a message – don’t worry.
Testing will be phased. The first area where people will receive the message today is Gabrovo.
There will be a national test on November 29. This will happen between 12pm and 12:30pm and only users with mobile devices that support Cell Broadcast technology will receive notifications.
“The test message will be accompanied by an audible signal and can be stopped by the user once received. The message will be received on the mobile devices no matter what mode they are in and which mobile operator,” explained the director of the fire department, Chief Commissioner Alexander Zhartov.
The idea is that people who are in a potentially dangerous place will be notified in a timely manner. In Europe, 17 countries have similar systems.
On November 1, a message from BG-ALERT released shortly before 7 p.m. with a loud beep and vibration alarmed many citizens. For most users, the notification came with the text: “Caution, danger!”, and for some there was also a signal from the president. The message also said “test test” and had a link to the website bg-alert.bg.
It turned out that an employee of the company responsible for the integration of the new system – DZZD “Siscod” – pressed a button by mistake.