Although the Civil Protection alerts have been with us for some time, they made a lot of noise a few days ago when, in some regions, the alert was deployed by AEMET due to the rains of the DANA. Many users discovered them then when, as we say, they had been tested for some time.
This is the Es-Alert system and This Thursday, September 14, cell phones will beep again in Barcelona and its surroundings. If this happens, don’t worry: this is just a test of the service.
Your cell phone will beep this Thursday if you are near Barcelona. Don’t worry
In order not to alert the population, Civil Protection is sending notices about tests to be carried out in the Barcelona areabut just in case, and to help be the biggest speaker possible, we echo too.
Below, we leave you the areas and the time in which your mobile can start beeping with the Es-Alert alert:
- City of Barcelona – from 11:00.
- Municipalities of Vallès Occidental – from 12:00.
- Municipalities of Baix Llobregat and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat – from 1:00 p.m.
As we say, it is simply a test of the service, so If your cell phone beeps, then that’s it: there is no real emergency or anything. that you have to startle. It will be annoying (the beep is programmed to put you into action), but you won’t have to do anything else.
Simply read the message to confirm that it is a drill and that’s it. These tests are carried out from time to time to check that the systems are working and, In fact, this year Catalonia had already been the subject of Es-Alert tests.
Thus, the authorities can verify that the alerts reach the phones, and this is something that happens thanks to Cell Broadcast. The alert arrives because your mobile is connected to a certain antenna and, therefore, it is distributed to your device. It is not that the Government is violating your privacy or anything like that.
That said, there are three levels of alerts. Level 1 cannot be deactivated, since they are alarms about emergencies that are occurring at that moment or are going to occur. Which is it? A fire, a storm or an earthquake, for example. Those at level 2 and 3 can be deactivated, since they are used to give advice in the event of a crisis and other types of requests and warnings to the population.
We recommend not deactivating themsince they are not frequent and can save our lives, and to check if these alerts are activated on your Android mobile, all you have to do is go to the settings and enter ‘Security and emergencies’ – ‘Alerts’ and see if the ‘Civil Protection Pre-Alert’ option is activated.
So, if you’re in the Barcelona area, don’t be scared tomorrow when your phone starts beeping.
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