Several Android phone users today received a ’emergency alert: severe’ flash notification. When the message was received, the phone made a loud beep. The government apparently tested a ’emergency alert system’ today.
This is a SAMPLE TESTING MESSAGE delivered by the Department of Telecommunication, Government of India, using Cell Broadcasting System. Please dismiss this message since there is no action required on your part. This message has been delivered to the National Disaster Management Authority’s TEST Pan-India Emergency Alert System. Its goal is to improve public safety by providing timely notifications during crises.
The Department of Telecommunications also stated that similar tests would be conducted from time to time in different places to examine the efficiency and efficacy of mobile operators’ and cell broadcast systems’ emergency warning broadcast capabilities.
However, many others mistook it for spam or a virus.