Mobile phone users in the Canaries have been advised that they may receive a Civil Protection text message on the 10th November.
The message will be accompanied by a high-pitched alarm sound that can only be deactivated by reading the text.
The message is part of a plan by Spain’s Civil Protection Agency to establish a system that can inform the public of possible security and health risks. In the case of an emergency, such as an earthquake or flooding, text messages containing important information will be sent to all mobile phones in the affected zone.
Tests have already been carried out in areas of mainland Spain, and are scheduled to take place in the Canaries on the 10th November.
The message may be headed with the word “Alerta”, which could cause worries among those who don’t speak much Spanish. However, the test message will be clearly marked PRUEBA PRUEBA PRUEBA (TEST TEST TEST) and can be eliminated by pressing “Accept”.
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