We live in a time when you cannot trust any message or SMS that comes to you from unknown numbers. The Phishing It circulates freely and there are those who pose as banks or shops to try and take your money. But there are cases where yes, the message is absolutely real. And these days, you can receive it on your iPhone.
“This is a test message from the new Spanish emergency alert system”
Trust official sources!#ThisYesIsReal https://t.co/OWkdAq269p
— National Police (@police) June 16, 2022
Police have been testing a new emergency alert system for a few months, based on beeps and notifications like the one you see in the Spanish National Police tweet above. It looks like something written randomly, but it’s a test and you don’t have to do anything but accept the message if it reaches you
The message is not an SMS, by the way. It is a native iOS notification (also on Android) which ensures that the message reaches millions of people in time if needed. Texting that many people can cause a delay of several hours, time we cannot afford in an emergency.
In the tweet itself, it is confirmed that the system It will start working permanently from June 21. Its purpose will be to warn all residents in the event of a global emergency (like the pandemic we have experienced) or a local disaster like fires or tornadoes. This is something that is already common in the United States, although there have been occasional heart-shrinking errors in some areas.