The IDF Home Front Command has announced plans to update the incoming missile alerts from its «Code Red» early warning radar system. Soon it will include text messages on Israel’s cellular phone networks.
The command’s cellular alerts were already successfully tested six weeks ago in the nationwide exercise «Turning Point III». During this military exercise millions of Israelis received a free text message on their cell phones informing them of the drill and receiving instructions.
The IDF is working with cellular providers and plans to fully deploy the system within two years. «We realize that most of the people in the country have cellular phones«, explains Lt. Col. Uri Perez, head of the IDF Teleprocessing and Warning Platoon. «The chance to receive a warning is very likely, and it’s a very personal thing that no matter your whereabouts, your cellular phone is with you».