City sends wrong information in national alarm system drill

November 29, 2014

Kyotanabe-shi, Kyoto Prefecture:

National simultaneous transmission practice via an e-mail and fax using the national instant alarm system (J Alert) was conducted on November 28 .

Kyotanabe-shi sent an e-mail and a fax to 4,281 registrants and 59 Deaf/deaf persons listed on the city's protection against disasters information list, at 11:00am on the day. One sentence should be put primarily that "This is a test". Actually, the phrase stating "Crisis Warning. Take refuge in indoor and please put a TV and radio" has been used.

The cause was reportedly that a receiver couldn't recognize the test information sent from the Fire and Disaster Management Agency under the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications.

In response to the inquiries, the city sent an e-mail and fax with the correction again about two hours later.

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