70% of the population called to confine themselves received the alert on their mobile
75% of the population called to participate in Wednesday's drill confined themselves, as indicated by the organizers. This was stated by sources of Civil Protection, the day after the exercise that intended that the population be clear about what to do in the event of a chemical accident. These and other data have been deduced thanks to the survey that more than 1,200 citizens have answered and that will serve to assess the operation of the drill and fine-tune some details.
The first results of the survey show that 70% of the population affected by the test received the alert on their mobile. It should be remembered that it is a warning system that premiered in Catalonia on Wednesday, with the Tarragona drill. «We have seen that the reception of the message has failed a bit in a specific area of Ponent, in Torreforta. Also that most of the devices that have not received it belong to small telephone companies," explains Sergio Delgado, deputy director of Civil Protection Programs, who adds that "the drill will serve to study the reason for all this."
Another of the errors that was detected yesterday was the language in which the emergency alert was received on the mobile. First, in English and, later, in Catalan and Spanish. “The idea is that the message arrives in the language that the phone is configured in,” explains Delgado. The activation of the notice was made yesterday from Madrid, but it is expected that in the coming weeks, the competence to launch the alert system will be held by the autonomous communities.
One of the debates that has been on the table in recent hours is whether the population that was in the center of Tarragona during the drill –and that, therefore, did not participate in the test–, had to be informed of what it was happening. In this case, as planned, no siren was heard and no warning was received. "If there were an accident like the one simulated yesterday, the toxic cloud would not reach the center of the city and, therefore, the population should not be confined," adds Delgado.
“The drill has been an exercise that allows protocols and systems to be tested, and to learn continuously. It is good that they are done at the population level, as we also do systematically in our own industries.” This is how Maria Mas, managing director of the AEQT, assessed the drill yesterday, adding that "any initiative that tends to improve security protocols, and the levels of training and information of citizens, not only seems positive to us, but we are willingness to collaborate. But she added that "the cooperation and coordination of all those involved is necessary."