IT-Alert, from today the alarm system is operational for 4 specific risks: it will warn via message

From now February 13, 2024 the public warning system IT-Alert of the Civil Protection designed for major emergencies concludes the test phase and it then officially comes into operation exclusively for four risk scenarios:

  • nuclear accidents or radiological emergency situation;
  • major accidents in industrial plants;
  • collapse of a large dam;
  • volcanic activity in the areas of Campi Flegrei, Vesuvius and the island of Vulcano.

Testing for these risk types began in December and concluded in early February. This means that from today any alarm messages that should arrive regarding one of these four scenarios they will no longer be tests but alerts for real emergencies, imminent or just occurred, sent to all smartphones connected to the cells covering the areas affected by the possible emergency. Therefore, in case of receiving one of these messages on our smartphone we will have to follow the instructions contained in the message itself for our safety.

To be better prepared in the event of an emergency, the Civil Protection invites you to visit the site www.iononrischio.gov.itwhere you can find information on specific risks and good practices to follow to avoid or manage risks.

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Instead they remain being tested for another year the following risk scenarios:

  • tsunami generated by an earthquake;
  • volcanic activity of Stromboli;
  • intense rainfall.

All messages that arrive in the next year relating to these latest scenarios will therefore be gods test. At the moment, the Civil Protection has not yet communicated the calendar of future tests regarding these types of risk.

The alarm messages invited by the IT-Alert system consist of a text notification visible on the smartphone screen and a audio signal to all smartphones in the areas put at risk by the specific emergency. Messages are transmitted automatically via technology cell broadcast, therefore through the telephone signal and not the internet. The messages therefore are unidirectional (our smartphones receive the message without sending anything) e they do not involve data exchangesthus making the IT-Alert system absolutely safe from a privacy point of view.