This Monday, October 24, they begin tests of the new Civil Protection alert systemso if your iPhone warns you loudly, don’t worry, it’s just a test.

For years there has been an alert system that uses the network of mobile antennas to notify the entire population simultaneously in the event of emergencies, such as natural disasters, imminent dangers or any other emergency situation that may arise. In Spain this Monday, October 24, the tests will begin in Spain, and tests will be deployed in a scheduled way in different areas of the country, so that our iPhone will notify us of an alert with a message “ES-Alert PROOF” that will cause our phone begins to emit a very high-pitched sound that will only stop when we accept it, to confirm that we have seen it. The scheduled dates for these tests are as follows:

  • October 24: Cantabria, Andalusia and Asturias.
  • October 27: Extremadura, Valencian Community and Galicia.
  • November 2: Murcia, Balearic Islands, Madrid, Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia.
  • November 10: Basque Country, Castilla y León, Canary Islands and Ceuta
  • November 16: Castilla-La Mancha, La Rioja and Melilla.

The system uses telephone networks, so that all telephones connected to the areas in which the alert is issued will receive the notice simultaneously. It is a system that will only be used for important and urgent noticesso we don’t have to worry about receiving them frequently, at least we hope so.

If you want to disable these notifications on the iPhone, you can do it from the Notifications section in the settings of your device, scrolling all the way down, deactivating the option «Per-Civil Protection Alerts». We do not recommend that you deactivate these alerts, because although we hope we never have to receive them, if they are necessary they can save our lives.