NL-Alert tested again Monday
The alarm means for major emergencies, NL-Alert will be tested for the second time Monday. Across the country, people with a suitable phone will receive a test message.The message will be sent at 12:00, when the alarm sounds, reported the Ministry of Security and Justice Wednesday.
The Ministry hopes four million people will receive the test message Monday. In the weeks after the test a survey will be sent out to make sure it worked. The outcome is expected in late November.
The first test was on the first Monday of February. In 2014, the system will be checked twice. The dates are not set yet.
The warnings of NL-Alert are sent to all suitable mobile phones in an emergency. The messages inform people what is going on around them and what to do.
It is not a regular text message, but works on the basis of the so-called cell broadcast, the same way phones receive warnings when the network is down or overloaded.
Users of almost all popular handsets receive these warnings.
NL-Alert started November last year. The first warning was sent during a large fire in the Groningen Tolbert in December.