The Spanish government will test sending disaster alerts to mobile phones and yours could be one

The Spanish government is to test its disaster warning system by sending messages to cellphones over the next three weeks.

The Civil Protection Service said on Saturday October 22 that it would start testing the ES-Alert system from Monday with tests carried out in different regions on different days. The test was confirmed by the Larazon news agency.

They assured residents that they shouldn’t be alarmed by the test or think it’s a scam, but should take note of how the test will work.

Phones that receive the alert will hear their device whistle and vibrate until the user acknowledges receipt of the message. The alert will contain a written message which, once acknowledged, will stop the alarm and vibration.

Apart from the acknowledgment of receipt, you have nothing else to do.

So when could you expect to receive a message?

October 24: Cantabria, Andalusia and Asturias.

October 27: Extremadura, Valencia and Galicia.

November 2: Murcia, the Balearic Islands, Madrid, Aragon, Navarre and Catalonia.

November 10: the Basque Country, Castile and León, the Canary Islands and Ceuta

November 16: Castilla-La Mancha, La Rioja and Melilla.

The government initially considered using SMS, but they opted for cell broadcasting which provides better, faster and wider coverage.

According to the company involved SIA, “the antennas broadcast to any phone connected to the system.

“Among the advantages of the system are its immediacy, the fact that it uses very little bandwidth and that it works automatically for all devices within an antenna’s coverage.”

The only downside to the system, which the Spanish government will test, is that it only connects to smartphones.


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