BE-Alert can be used for different types of emergency situations, such as a fire, flood or power outage, ... Depending on the nature of the emergency situation and the impact on the population, a mayor, governor or the Minister of the Interior will decide to activate BE-Alert.
Yet BE-Alert is not always the best channel to inform the population concerned. Depending on the time (day or night, during the week or during the weekend, before or after school...), the place (in a field or in the city centre, in an industrial area or close to a day-care centre...), or type of risk or incident (fire, flood, explosion, ...) it can sometimes be better to use other resources.
For example, you’re more likely to be warned via the traditional media (TV, radio...) of an emergency situation with a major impact.