Policies and Programmes in DRR
Informing the public.
a. To get awareness of the risks on postal code level via risk-maps on the internet (www.risicokaart.nl)
b. Immediate information in an emergency situation.
The Netherlands is the first country in the world that introduced an emergency alert system nationwide (cell-broadcast). This NL-Alert is available in all 25 safety regions of the Netherlands. The control room of the emergency services will send a message on an emergency or (imminent) disaster, such as major fires involving the release of toxic smoke, explosion hazards or flooding. Within seconds, cell phones in a specific area will pick up the message. NL-Alert will still be operating in the event of a network overload. It is not necessary to register and NL-Alert is free of charge. The NL-alert tool is a valuable addition to existing means of warning people, such as the siren network, the emergency broadcasting stations and the crisis.nl website.