Dutch SMS emergency alert system reaches 60% of population

Friday 23 December 2016 | 11:17 CET | News
Around 60 percent of Dutch adults can already receive the NL-Alert emergency SMS alerts sent out by the state. A survey by TNS Nipo for the National Anti-terrorism and Security Coordinator found that on 5 December 8.8 million of the Dutch aged 12 or older received the last NL-Alert test message. That's up from 8.3 million in June. The NL-Alert is used in the event of an emergency to inform the public of appropriate action via text messages. It has been used around 130 times already since it first launched in 2014, for example after major fires, extreme weather conditions or risk of chemicals

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