The National Crisis Center (NCCN) will test the BE-Alert system in 225 Belgian municipalities on Thursday, it announced in a press release on Tuesday. A record-breaking number, which represents almost half of all municipalities registered for BE-Alert. The system can be used by local, provincial and national authorities to notify citizens in an emergency situation. This could be, for example, a power failure, contamination of drinking water or fire.
Specifically, many Belgians registered on BE-Alert should expect to receive an SMS from the number 1789, a phone call from the number 04/126.96.36.199 or an e-mail from the address [email protected] on Thursday. Currently, 1,093,897 addresses are registered in BE-Alert. This large-scale test will, among other things, test the tool’s capacity.
These test moments are a good opportunity to practice using the alarm tool to be ready to act quickly during a crisis, explains the Crisis Centre. In fact, quick decision-making and a good knowledge of the tool greatly contribute to the effectiveness of the warning.
“Despite the technological possibilities, such as location-based alarms for example, it is important that the citizen registers for BE-Alert”, emphasizes NCCN. “He can code up to five addresses and will be informed even when he is far from one of these addresses, therefore outside the geographical area of an incident.” Registration is free at www.be-alert.be.