The new version of the website www.crisis.nl was launched today. The website can be used in times of crises to provide reliable and correct information to as many as possible. The new website will be able to handle a peak load of 2 million simultaneous visitors and 40 million page views per hour. Additionally, the information on www.crisis.nl is now distributed via social media as well. The renewed site is more user-friendly for its visitors as well as for the web editors, and it complies with security standards.
The www.crisis.nl website has existed since 2005 and can be used to inform the public in times of serious emergencies, disasters and crises. The site is one of the means of communication of the Ministry of Security and Justice to be used by the authorities should a crisis occur. Since its implementation, www.crisis.nl has been deployed in various emergencies. Things went wrong on occasion; www.crisis.nl has encountered several problems in the past and the website was due an overhaul.
In crisis situations, the Internet is an importance source of information. www.crisis.nl intends to provide reliable and accurate information as soon as possible to as many people as possible. In order to be able to handle this need for information, www.crisis.nl can handle a peak load of 2 million simultaneous visitors, and 40 million page views per hour. People will find the latest news, advice, answers to questions and important telephone numbers. In order to ensure that the information is accessible to as many people as possible, www.crisis.nlcan be accessed by all current web browsers (also older versions) and via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
In addition, the information on www.crisis.nl is distributed via common social sites. The common icons of Twitter, Facebook, Hyves and LinkedIn have been placed on the website. This will enable visitors to forward the information to their own social network. This way, the public plays an active role in the distribution of reliable and accurate information on the crisis and the information will be distributed at high speed. Also, the authorities deploying the website can publish new information via Twitter and Facebook, and include that information on www.crisis.nl
If a disaster or an incident with more wide-ranging or serious consequences occurs anywhere in the country, the authorities in charge may decide to make use of www.crisis.nlThat way, the authorities will have a website immediately available that can handle millions of people at the same time.
It will depend, among other things, on the nature of the crisis which authorities will apply for the use of www.crisis.nlat the National Crisis Centre (NCC). This may be the municipality, but also a safety region or a ministry. If more than one crisis takes place at the same time, separate crisis websites can be made accessible simultaneously. Visitors of the homepage of www.crisis.nl will be able to click to the crisis that they want information on. If there is no crisis, or if www.crisis.nl is not in use, just the homepage will be available, providing general information.