Just a few days ago, after some time in the testing phase, Spain officially activated its National Alert Network (RAN-PWS) system for the widespread and immediate sending of alerts to the population via mobile. It is what is known as “reverse 112” because it is the authorities who notify citizens of an ongoing or imminent threat.
This system, which has been in use for many years in other countries, will allow Civil Protection to
Activate alerts in just three steps
Civil Protection has already activated in Spain the System of Notices to the Population (Public Warning System) within the National Alert Network (RAN-PWS). This system, as we said, will allow the widespread and immediate sending of alerts to the mobile phones of people who are in areas affected by emergencies or imminent or ongoing catastrophes.
The RAN-PWS system will reach any part of the Spanish territory with mobile phone coverage, regardless of whether that coverage is 2G (GSM), 3G (UMTS), 4G (LTE) or 5G. Alerts are on
To receive the notice, you must have the alerts activated wireless emergency calls on your mobile. The procedure to activate them in Android 12 is as follows:
- Go into ‘settings’.
- tap on ‘Apps and notifications’.
- Active ‘Allow alerts’.
As you will see there is three types of alerts, plus test alerts, but you should know that not all of them are available in all countries. AMBER alerts, for example, do not work in Spain (they are the ones that warn of missing persons).