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New national warning system launched

The Norwegian police, civil defense and state preparedness officials are promoting a new warning system aimed at sending out rapid information in case of a national emergency. Called “nødvarsel” (literally “emergency warning”), the system will send “important information” directly to Norwegians’ mobile phones.

The three state agencies insist that “everyday life in Norway is safe,” but “unforeseen and serious events can hit us, too.” If a life-threatening situation emerges, Norwegians can now receive warnings and instructions on their phones. The new service comes in addition to channels already in use to warn and inform the public.

It involves downloading an app called Nødvarsel and it’s backed by the government ministries in carge of justice, preparedness and local governments. They’re urging Norwegians to download the app, while noting that the police and civil defense agency will continue to use existing channels in the case of a national emergency.

NewsinEnglish.no staff

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