What is it and why did an emergency alarm notification arrive on your phone?

Around 11:04 am this Thursday, May 6, many citizens of Peru began to ring, absolutely out of nowhere, an alarm on their phones cell phoneswhich caused the fear of many as it was something totally unusual. “Emergency Alert – Exercise/Drill message”could be read in the message that came accompanied by an audible alarm.

Nearly 22 million Peruvians received the message that briefly interrupted any activity they were doing on their devices. What is this alarm about? What is it for? From Mag We tell you the details of the Emergency Early Warning Messaging System (Sismate).

The Emergency Early Warning Messaging System (Sismate) is in a test phase. The Ministry of Transport and Communications of Peru is sending messages randomly. Therefore, if you receive one of these alerts, do not be alarmed.

How the system works

The Emergency Early Warning Messaging System (Sismate) is a national technological tool that will allow citizens to be informed of the probability or confirmation of the occurrence of a hazard caused by a natural phenomenon or induced by human action, through the sending of alert and/or alarm messages to people who have cell phones.

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The messages will be sent by the National Emergency Operations Center (Coen) of the National Institute of Civil Defense (Indeci). In addition, Indeci will be responsible to determine the content of the messages and the dangers that will be alerted by Sismate. Messages can be directed to specific areas where the incident occurs.

Sismate will use the functionality Cell Broadcast (Cell Broadcast) over the networks of mobile operators. In addition, It will be integrated into the social networks Facebook and Twitter.which will allow alerts and/or alarms to also reach these social networks through the Facebook and Twitter accounts of INDECI’s National Emergency Operations Center (COEN).

Currently, the project is being implemented by the Everbridge USA – Everbridge Norway Consortium, for which tests are being carried out with sending messages to cell phones.

If you received the following alert:

Emergency Early Warning Messaging System.  (Photo: Mag)
Emergency Early Warning Messaging System. (Photo: Mag)

Do not be alarmed, the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Peru together with the National Emergency Operations Center (Coen) and the National Institute of Civil Defense (Indeci) have been carrying out the respective tests for the implementation of Sismate.