Do you live in Barcelona or its surroundings? Well, today something is going to happen on your iPhone that could become the anecdote of the day. The government is preparing to carry out a test with the ES-Alert system in the areathe same alert that took all the inhabitants of Madrid by surprise to alert them to the risk of a DANA.
This is a drill, so if your iPhone suddenly starts beeping that you don’t recognize, don’t panic: absolutely nothing is happening. It is simply a trial run by ES-Alert to make sure everything is going well. We are going to detail the hours and areas in which this will occur.
After the real alert in Madrid, it’s time to check the systems in Barcelona
The alert will have the following sound and the notification message will also appear on your Apple Watch if you are wearing it:
To deactivate the alert sound, you just have to unlock your phone and accept the notification. According to the Department of Civil Protection of the Generalitat of Catalonia, the drill will be distributed by regions with the following schedule:
- At 10:00 in the Vallès Oriental and the Maresme, including Sant Adrià del Besós, Badalona and Santa Coloma de Gramenet.
- At 11:00 in Barcelona capital.
- At 12:00 in the Vallès Occidental, including the cities of Terrassa and Sabadell.
- At 1:00 p.m. in Beix Llobregat, including l’Hospitalet de Llobregat.
The drill is expected to affect approximately five million people living in the Barcelona metropolitan area. The administration reminds that you do not have to call the emergency number 112 when it rings, since as it is a test it is completely unnecessary.
The message will be received on all iPhones with an active SIM card and 2G (GSM), 3G (UMTS), 4G (LTE) or 5G coverage. You can deactivate the reception of these alerts on your iPhone, although it is something that we completely advise against since it will only be used in cases where you are really going to need to receive it.
By the way, receiving this message does not represent any violation of your privacy. This is sent to all mobile phones (including those of foreign visitors) that are covered by the area in which an emergency is declared, regardless of who their owners are. It’s like broadcasting, simple as that.
Image | Eduardo Drapier
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