By Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz


Disaster can strike at any time. Luckily, there is Alertswiss, a cellular app developed by the Federal Office for Civil Protection that can assist you plan for and keep secure in an emergency. With Alertswiss, you receive alerts, warnings and information in real time. So that you always know precisely and instantly what action you have to take, the Alertswiss app sends you push notifications on the incident, together with priceless tips and directions on how best to protect your self and your family.

The app also allows you to customise the kind of info you receive: for example, specifying the cantons that you simply want to obtain notifications for, e.g. cantons where your relatives or pals stay. All of those reports shall be displayed directly on your smartphone’s homescreen. As properly as receiving push notifications on your most popular cantons, you'll find a way to enable push notifications for your present location. However, you first need to authorise the Alertswiss app to find out your location. Once you've activated the location services, all reviews and data for each your present location and your most well-liked cantons shall be displayed directly on your smartphone’s homescreen.

Maps present merely and clearly which areas are at present affected by the ongoing incident. On the overview display screen, you'll find a way to see which incidents are still ongoing and which of them have since been given the all-clear.

Under Reports you can see an overview of the most recent official incident data released in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. These reviews – alerts, warnings and data – are divided into three ranges of severity, with alerts being the very best and information the bottom.

• An alert is when the authorities notify the public that they are at immediate risk and order them to comply with official directions on the behaviour they need to adopt.

• A warning refers to the reporting of either a possible danger to the common public or an incident for which the authorities concern the public with recommendations somewhat than orders on the behaviour they should subsequently adopt.

• The default stage of severity for all different reviews is Information.

The Alertswiss weblog options all the latest civil protection-related news, together with data on current deployments, drills and personnel, in addition to up-to-the-minute policy and planning developments.

In an emergency, you could find yourself confronted with questions you have by no means requested your self earlier than: How do I contact my associates and relatives? Where should I go? What do I must take with me? An emergency plan will assist you to take swift and applicable motion should a hazardous state of affairs come up.

So, what are you ready for? Download the Alertswiss app now and be prepared should catastrophe strike. Stay safe!


Your smartphone must have a stable knowledge connection (WLAN or mobile network) to obtain the latest push notifications and incident reviews. If you're offline, you will only be able to view data that was updated the last time you have been on-line. Once the connection is re-established, the system will replace automatically and send you all of the newest push notifications and reviews.

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