«The objective of the Plaseqta drill is the confinement of the population»

All preparations for the lockdown drill on Wednesday, November 2 are ready. The action will start at 6:00 p.m., although the alarms will not sound until 6:30 p.m., and will affect the residents of the Ponent neighborhoods of Tarragona, La Canonja, Vila-seca, La Pineda, Cap de Salou. In total, some 65,000 residents in these areas, plus people who are working or buying on the street. The drill will be a confinement due to chemical risk in the Polígon Sud and will serve to launch the mobile phone alert system. "The message is confinement and not evacuation, because evacuating would be dangerous," said the Minister of the Interior of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Joan Ignasi Elena, in the Reus 112 building. Elena took the opportunity to ask for the collaboration of citizens in the drill so that everyone is confined on the afternoon of November 2.

Yesterday, in an act at 112, Marta Cassany, general director of Civil Protection, explained that the objective is "that citizens can practice confinement, since it is not a drill for devices or companies."

Meetings have been held with the residents of the affected areas to inform them of the drill (there have been 21 to date, although there are still 5 more planned until the day of the drill) and information material has been distributed. Large establishments and companies such as Mercadona, Consum, Decathlon, Carrefour or PortAventura, which are located within the affected perimeter, will participate in the drill, while the Servei Català de Trànsit, RENFE, Adif and the EMT buses will also inform users and drivers during the act. It will also be the test bed for all of Catalonia for messaging for mobile devices that are in the area and have coverage. It will be the first time that this system, which for now depends on the Spanish Government, is put into practice within the framework of a drill.

Although the drill is not mandatory, the general director of Civil Protection called for the participation "of all people or, if they cannot, think about what they would do" in that situation. In addition, Civil Protection will open a survey aimed at the participants of the drill and which can be answered via mobile until a few hours after the event to find out, in real time, how the drill is taking place in the different areas. The Mossos d'Esquadra will take part as a Grup d'Ordre and will ensure that the population is confined. The alarms and, therefore, the drill, will last until 6:50 p.m., when the zones will resume normal activity.

Àngel Xifré, in his first act as the new Government delegate in Tarragona, stressed the importance of Wednesday's drill "so that people feel safe" and to "improve protection and learn for subsequent drills."

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