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New alert system in the works



Launched in 2018, GouvAlert will be revamped by the end of next year to better alert citizens Photo: Matic Zorman / Maison Moderne

Launched in 2018, GouvAlert will be revamped by the end of next year to better alert citizens Photo: Matic Zorman / Maison Moderne

During her summer tour of emergency and rescue centres, interior minister Taina Bofferding announced on Tuesday the redesign, by the end of 2022, of the little-used natural disaster risk alert platform GouvAlert.

“I hope that, in the future, all municipalities in the country will work together so that we can learn from this disaster and, together with other actors, not just react but also anticipate.” According to RTL, Taina BofferdingTaina Bofferding (LSAP) has announced that the government is working on a new platform that will alert residents by SMS, nationally or even locally, when a disaster occurs.

The police and Meteolux could also issue alerts on GouvAlert, though the app is still largely underused three years after its launch. 

In mid-July, an alert message was sent on GouvAlert, but only to people who had downloaded the app (available for iPhone or for Android).