The National Crisis Centre will test the BE-Alert SMS alert system in Brussels this Thursday, together with the senior official for Brussels. The action aims to promote the system among the inhabitants of Brussels. In addition, it is a test of the infrastructure and the capacity of the telephone operators in the context of a mass transmission of SMS in a short period of time.
The BE-Alert system can be used by local, state and national governments to alert citizens to emergency situations. This can concern various situations such as a power failure, contamination of drinking water or evacuation of a neighbourhood. People who are registered on the system can also receive warnings when they are not on site.
Only 65,000 people registered
According to a report by BRUZZ, the text messages will be sent on Thursday based on the location of citizens present on the territory of the Brussels region on Thursday. The promotion is part of the quarterly national test day of the BE-Alert system. Simultaneously with the sending of the text messages, visual messages are distributed via the social media of Brussels Prevention & Safety.
“In Brussels, 65,000 people are registered in the system, which is relatively few. We therefore decided to participate in this test day and to make the Brussels population aware of the importance of being warned, if necessary, by telephone, SMS or e-mail. in the event of an incident on Brussels territory and get information on what to do as a citizen,” said Sophie Lavaux, senior official for Brussels. You can register for free via www.be-alert.be.
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