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. Timestamp: 30-10-2023 11:52 AM 21

Please look at the screenshot below:

This is a SAMPLE TESTING MESSAGE sent through Cell Broadcasting System

Are you also getting such kind of repeated messages on your smartphone along with an emergency tone?

If yes, there is no need to panic. This is just a testing message sent by the Department Of Telecom to mobile users all across India.

What is “This is a SAMPLE TESTING MESSAGE sent through Cell Broadcasting System” alert

Apparently, two government organizations DOT (Department Of Telecom) and NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) have developed an alert system that would be used to broadcast Alert messages to mobile users of that specific region in case of any kind of Disaster.

On 28 September 2023, the news was circulated about the above “Testing Process“. All the mobile users of the country were sent a text message about the same prior to the actual Alert message that you might be receiving. You can read the entire news here.

On 29 October, 2023, I received a similar message which reads as follow:

“Advisory: DoT, Govt of India would conduct Cell Broadcast testing with NDMA. You may receive test alerts on mobile with wound/vibration. These alerts are part of testing process, do not indicate actual emergency and do not require any action at your end.”

Please see the screenshot of the message below:

Advisory DoT, Govt of India would conduct Cell Broadcast testing with NDMA. You may receive test alerts on mobile with wound vibration

The actual alert message I received today was in the form of Push notification that reads:

“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. Timestamp: 30-10-2023 11:52 AM 21”

Along with the alert message, there was an emergency (siren) sound.

As most of my colleagues got similar kinds of alerts, some of them started panicking about what was happening. Is there an actual emergency? Is it any kind of financial fraud?

Then I calmed them down and explained the whole scenario.

So, don’t panic. It was just a test of an emergency safety system that is going to help the entire Indian population in case of an emergency or natural Disaster.

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