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 Maintenance announcements
Maintenance announcements are posted here. These announcements regard the GDACS web site and the GDACS disaster alert system.
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GDACS maintenance policy - Friday, February 14, 2014
To comply with JRC policy on security settings, GDACS servers may go offline on a weekly basis for basic maintenance. The maintenance will be limited to a few minutes around 11:00UTC on Fridays. This affects all GDACS services (including mobile services). JRC is working on a solution to eliminate the downtime. read more ...
Old GDACS system shut down - Friday, November 22, 2013

In June 2013, GDACS was migrated to new servers. The old system was still available as backup under the URL This system has now been shut down. If you have any links pointing to that URL, they will not longer work.

Solved issue with Australian mobile numbers - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Australian users may have experienced problems with receiving SMS alerts from GDACS in the past months. We noticed a while ago that all SMS traffic to Australian mobile numbers was not processed well by our SMS provider. We’ve since worked with the provider on a solution, which was tested with a few users this week. All traffic to Australian mobile numbers should now be routed correctly.

GDACS Migration - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The JRC will shortly upgrade hardware and software underlying the GDACS monitoring, alert and public web system. User registration and changes to the alert profile will be unavailable for a short time, but other changes should be transparent. The main changes are:

  • Complete overhaul of the Earthquake and Tsunami system for better performance and with new alert models for tsunamis, support for national sub-systems and for different alert scales
  • Upgrade of the geospatial database system from ArcGIS Server 9.3 to 10, with new features for better maps
  • Migration of hardware from JRC corporate web zone to a dedicated subnet with more flexibility for scaling and deploying new beta products, and reducing the servers from 15 to 8 more powerful ones in a new architecture.

The new system can be previewed on Please let us know if you notice bugs with services you're using, in particular for syndicated feeds. After the switch (which will be announced in a further message), the old system will be available on Please don't hesitate to contact us for further information.

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         6/26/2015 9:34:46 AM
Problems with virtual osocc Hi Sorry to bother you with this simpel question but it really irritates me. Somehow I managed to sign up for all notifications on the virtual osocc. That means that I will receive a notification for almost everything that will happen on the vosocc. I have tried to unsign for the notification but it didn’t work. Can you please help me. My username is Lars Hellman MSB Sweden /Lars Submitted By: Lars Hellman

         6/25/2015 10:37:59 AM
Alert messages Can you please unsubscribe me from all kind of alert messages. It looks like I am not able to do so on virtual ossoc. Can you give me some usefull info please. Regards Gunter Submitted By: Gunter Thijs

         6/24/2015 5:27:16 PM
Website not working Tried to create a disaster alert account but get an error message noting a "/" may be misplaced. Thought you should know. Submitted By: Richard Williams

         6/19/2015 5:25:57 PM
WORKSPACE then ASP tabs are not appearing Dear Sir /Madam I managed to loggin however I can't complet my registration process as WORKSPACE then ASP tabs are not appearing, please advise on how to solve this problem. Best regards Submitted By: Jean Ives BONZI

         6/4/2015 3:33:35 PM
Account Trying to request for an account to GDACS to access products. Thanks, Submitted By: Samuel Pinto Castillo

         5/7/2015 1:02:47 PM
SMS notifications... Hi! On my VOSOCC account "Morgan" I somehow managed to activate SMS notifications on too many sections... Could you please disable all VOSOCC SMS notifications for me (NOT the GDACS SMS notifications, though) and I will re-enable it on the required sections? I'm heading for Nepal next week and it would be great not to get all SMS notifications... Thank you! Cheers! Submitted By: Morgan Holmberg

         5/6/2015 2:48:07 AM
https login? Why don't you allow - or for that matter require secure login? You are a disaster website that is actually assisting in potential e-disaster creation. Please at least allow, if not force login via secure https page. Thanks. Submitted By: David Moore

         5/5/2015 5:14:38 PM
System refuses to accept my professional email address My EU professional office email address is Brian.O' When I try to introduce this into the system I receive the following message; "Error on update database Incorrect syntax near 'neill@eeas'. Unclosed quotation mark after the character string ' WHERE IdUser=5277'. Grateful if you could fix this. Thanks Brian Submitted By: Brian O'Neill

         5/5/2015 4:16:14 PM
GDACS Communication Test Good Morning, I appreciate your service and testing the system this morning, however sending everyone's username and password in a plain text email with the confirmation URL wasn't very cool. You just sent the login information for every user in your system via plain text to the world... I would appreciate my account information not being distributed so easily that anyone can access my account, and contact information, by simply clicking on a link! Submitted By: Patrick Lonergan

         5/5/2015 3:59:01 PM
False e-mail from your organi including my correct user namne and password? Hi, I just received the below e-mail from you. Is it legitimate or is it a false e-mail? It links to a corrupt web page. After receiving it I changed my password Best regards, Daniel ========================================= This is a test to verify communication details (emails/SMS) of the GDACS users and to determine the correctness of the information originally stored in GDACS web site at the time of your registration. To guarantee an efficient and effective alerting service, we would like to confirm the validity of email addresses and mobile phone numbers. This will be done on an annual basis. Please reconfirm your contact please click here: Thanks The GDACS Staff ========================================= Submitted By: Daniel Hjarne