New emergency text message service to begin in Glasgow

A new text messaging service which will alert residents in Glasgow to emergencies is set to begin from today (October 3rd), according to

The service will send a text to participants if there is an emergency in the local area, such as an accident, terrorist attack or a natural disaster.

The test will be carried out on customers of the mobile firm O2, which is behind the scheme. Those who are sent the messages will be randomly selected. These customers will receive three text messages throughout the afternoon, which will be clearly marked to show they are a test.

Glasgow City Council has also teamed up with O2 on the service, which is part of a wider UK scheme by the Cabinet Office to check the effectiveness of some measures. Those who have taken part will be re-directed to a government website wherein they will be able to say whether they thought the measures were helpful or not.

Talking about the new service, Annemarie O’Donnell, executive director of corporate services at Glasgow City Council, told “The council has a legal duty to have systems in place to allow us to communicate with people in the city in the event of an emergency. We already have many different methods of communication, including the council’s Twitter feed, which has more than 35,000 followers.”

She added: “However, being able to send messages directly to mobile phones in a specific geographic area would be an added bonus and would allow us to communicate with large numbers of people, including those who may only be passing through the city.”