DON’T be alarmed if your mobile phone makes an unexplained beeping noise this week, it might just be the civil protection service testing their new alert system.
The ES-Alert technology, which is integrated into the National Alert Network, allows Civil Protection authorities to send widespread and immediate alert messages to mobile phones located in an area affected by an emergency or disaster.
Testing gets underway this week to check that the system is working properly, and if you do receive a message, remember it’s only a trial, you don’t need to take any action.
The testing will be carried out between 24 October and 16 November in different regions across the country, reaching Valencia on Thursday 27 October.
The deployment of the ES-Alert alert system is one of the measures of the Plan for Connectivity and Digital Infrastructures and the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.
The Interior Ministry, through the Directorate General for Civil Protection and Emergencies, is carrying out the corresponding tests to check the proper working of the ES-Alert protocol to send alerts to the population in an area affected by emergencies or imminent disasters. In Spain the number for people to call in case of emergency is 112, so as this new system is for the emergency services to warn the population, it is also known as the reverse 112 system.
24 October: Cantabria, Andalusia and Asturias.
27 October: Extremadura, Valencia and Galicia.
2 November: Murcia, Balearic Islands, Madrid, Aragon, Navarre and Catalonia.
10 November: Basque Country, Castile-Leon, Canary Islands and Ceuta.
16 November: Castile-La Mancha, La Rioja and Melilla.
What a good idea! (As long as it’s not the phone system itself that is the emergency)
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