Emergency alerts on mobile phones will be tested on Wednesday 10 January at 12.00, and mobile phones across the country will beep and vibrate. Meanwhile, the Civil Defense is also testing tornadoes across the country for a joint national warning test.
Hurricanes will be tested with an “IMPORTANT MESSAGE – REQUEST INFORMATION” sign. The tornadoes then blow in three series with a one-minute pause.
Therefore, cell phones will vibrate and make sound, at the same time as tornadoes howl. Civil Defense tests sirens twice a year, in January and June.
Civil Defense tests tornadoes to make sure they work, and fixes what doesn't work.
Emergency alerts on mobile phones are being tested for a second time, the first time being in June 2023. Then there were more people who did not receive the alert.
– Many of those who did not receive the emergency notification last time did not have updated phones. We therefore particularly remind you that in order to receive emergency alerts correctly, you must have a recently updated mobile phone, says Director Elizabeth Arsother at the DSB.
To avoid the notification, you should turn off your phone or put it on airplane mode from 11.55am to 12.15pm on the same day.
This fall, an emergency warning was also issued for Mountain Home and other tourist destinations inland in connection with the Red Hazard and Severe Weather “Hans” warning. Then many who were not in areas with a red danger warning also received an emergency alert on their cell phones, while others received an emergency alert multiple times.
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