UAE rain: all the information you require regarding the “National Early Warning System.”

Dubai Police issued a warning to the public advising people to exercise caution.

Residents of the United Arab Emirates awoke to torrential rain, thunder, and lightning. The Dubai Police issued a public safety alert alerting citizens to the weather and advising them to take protective measures.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) developed the "National Early Warning System" that includes these alerts to inform the public about dangers and hazards in "emergency situations."

The "National Early Warning System": What is it?

The public warning system project began in 2017 and notifies UAE citizens and visitors of impending emergencies.

These messages are directed toward particular demographics in predetermined regions.

Public safety warnings, according to NCEMA, lessen the effects of extreme weather conditions by informing as many people as possible about prospective threats and dangers.

Which authorities possess the authority to send out warning alerts?

Alerts can only be issued by government organizations engaged in national emergency management. These are:

  • - NCEMA
  • - Ministry of Interior (MOI)
  • - Abu Dhabi Police
  • - Dubai Police
  • - Sharjah Police
  • - Ajman Police
  • - Um Al Quwain Police
  • - Ras Al Khaimah Police
  • - Fujairah Police
  • - Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP)

What is the state of alertness?

As per NCEMA, in the event of an emergency, the alerting authority will promptly send out a warning alert along with the requisite instructions and steps that the public has to take. A warning notice appears on the screen of the mobile phone after the communication is routed to them.

To get the person's attention, the alert has a strong warning tone and vibration. Both Arabic and English are used to transmit the alarm.

The safety alert is sent out in what way?

Cellular broadcast (CB) technology is what NCEMA refers to as the technology utilized to convey warning signals. The alert is sent to all mobile devices in that area if the warning alert was issued to a specific geographic place and the mobile phone is within that selected geographic location.

Do these alerts reach every UAE resident?

Public warning notifications are sent out to both UAE citizens and visitors. On both Apple and Android smartphones, the alerts feature is turned on by default, so you don't need to go into your settings to approve the messages.

For iPhone users, you can find the public alerts already enabled under the ‘Notifications’ sections in your settings.
For iPhone users, you can find the public alerts already enabled under the ‘Notifications’ sections in your settings.

The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) states that most phones have been updated by the manufacturers to comply with the specifications created for the UAE, even though phones older than three years are incompatible with the early warning system.

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