“On the day of the drill we hope that the blinds will be lowered”

On November 2, around 6:30 p.m., 65,000 people from Tarragona (Neighborhoods of Ponent), La Canonja, Vila-seca, Salou and Reus are called to participate in the largest accident drill carried out to date in Catalonia , both in extension and in number of people.

That day is about rehearsing the measures that the population should take in the event of a chemical accident, although in particular it has been chosen to simulate what would happen if there were a chlorine leak in a company in the Polígon Petroquímic Sud.

Alarm and telephone message

The residents of the affected areas will find out that the drill has started because the alarms of the areas involved will start to sound. Specifically, 20 of the 45 that are installed should work.

That day the ES-Alert system of the Ministry of the Interior will also be tested. In theory, people who are in these areas will receive a mobile alert, although Civil Protection insisted that it is a test. The system will be activated from Madrid because it has not yet been transferred to the autonomous communities.

When the alarms sound, the slogan is clear: confine yourself. If you are at home you have to close doors and windows; stand in interior rooms and turn off air conditioning systems and the like. The same happens if you are in any other type of equipment, from an office to a store, a bar or a gym.

The deputy director of Civil Protection Programs, Sergio Delgado, explains that establishments of all kinds have already been informed and have been offered a wedge that they can put on their public address systems to explain to customers what is happening. In the case of supermarkets, they have already had confirmation from some chains that have promised to actively participate in the drill as if it were a real emergency "we hope that the blinds will be lowered that day," he explains.

There are also large companies such as Port Aventura and some petrochemical companies that are going to activate their own self-protection plans that day. Delgado pointed out that this is a good opportunity for any organization to rehearse how to act in the event of an emergency and who would be the people involved.

If at the time of the drill someone is in the car within the urban nucleus, the indication is to try to park and seek shelter in a closed area. If, on the other hand, you are outside the nucleus, the recommendation is to try to get away from the area of ​​the incident. In any case, the message is that the car is not a suitable place to confine oneself.

If you are on public transport, what you need to know is that both the train operators and the urban and intercity bus operators have instructions on how to act. For those on the bus, the slogan remains the same: look for a house or an establishment where they can confine themselves.

What should not be done at any time is to evacuate; a bad confinement is better than staying on the street or in a vehicle. Nor should you go looking for people who are already in places where they can be confined. This goes for children and extracurricular activities, for example. In fact, the drill is done at this time in part because this way sports clubs, academies and the like will be able to familiarize themselves with what they should do at this time.

You should only leave when the alarms announce the end of the drill, which will last a few minutes. At the end, Civil Protection encourages citizens to answer a simple survey to find out how the system has worked.

Marta Cassany, former director of the Interior Territorial Services in Tarragona and recently appointed director of Civil Protection, stressed that the drill responds to a demand from citizens and announced that a new drill is planned for next year, this time focused on the North Polygon.

On November 2, around 6:30 p.m., 65,000 people from Tarragona (Neighborhoods of Ponent), La Canonja, Vila-seca, Salou and Reus are called to participate in the largest accident drill carried out to date in Catalonia , both in extension and in number of people.

That day is about rehearsing the measures that the population should take in the event of a chemical accident, although in particular it has been chosen to simulate what would happen if there were a chlorine leak in a company in the Polígon Petroquímic Sud.

Alarm and telephone message

The residents of the affected areas will find out that the drill has started because the alarms of the areas involved will start to sound. Specifically, 20 of the 45 that are installed should work. That day the ES-Alert system of the Ministry of the Interior will also be tested. In theory, people who are in these areas will receive a mobile alert, although Civil Protection insisted that it is a test. The system will be activated from Madrid because it has not yet been transferred to the autonomous communities.

When the alarms sound, the slogan is clear: confine yourself. If you are at home you have to close doors and windows; stand in interior rooms and turn off air conditioning systems and the like. The same happens if you are in any other type of equipment, from an office to a store, a bar or a gym.

The deputy director of Civil Protection Programs, Sergio Delgado, explains that establishments of all kinds have already been informed and have been offered a wedge that they can put on their public address systems to explain to customers what is happening. In the case of supermarkets, they have already had confirmation from some chains that have promised to actively participate in the drill as if it were a real emergency "we hope that the blinds will be lowered that day," he explains.

There are also large companies such as Port Aventura and some petrochemical companies that are going to activate their own self-protection plans that day. Delgado pointed out that this is a good opportunity for any organization to rehearse how to act in the event of an emergency and who would be the people involved.

If at the time of the drill someone is in the car within the urban nucleus, the indication is to try to park and seek shelter in a closed area. If, on the other hand, you are outside the nucleus, the recommendation is to try to get away from the area of ​​the incident. In any case, the message is that the car is not a suitable place to confine oneself.

If you are on public transport, what you need to know is that both the train operators and the urban and intercity bus operators have instructions on how to act. For those on the bus, the slogan remains the same: look for a house or an establishment where they can confine themselves.

What should not be done at any time is to evacuate; a bad confinement is better than staying on the street or in a vehicle. Nor should you go looking for people who are already in places where they can be confined. This goes for children and extracurricular activities, for example. In fact, the drill is done at this time in part because this way sports clubs, academies and the like will be able to familiarize themselves with what they should do at this time.

You should only leave when the alarms announce the end of the drill, which will last a few minutes. At the end, Civil Protection encourages citizens to answer a simple survey to find out how the system has worked.

Marta Cassany, former director of the Interior Territorial Services in Tarragona and recently appointed director of Civil Protection, stressed that the drill responds to a demand from citizens and announced that a new drill is planned for next year, this time focused on the North Polygon.

telephone alert

On the day of the drill, the ES-Alert telephone alert system will be tested, which will be activated from Madrid. Initially, it should be received by those who are currently in the areas involved in the drill, although it is not guaranteed that it will reach everyone.

It is neither an SMS nor a WhatsApp, but a message that appears directly on the screen, makes noise and does not disappear until the user reads it. The most recent mobile models have the system incorporated, but in the case of the oldest ones, it would have to be activated. Civil Protection has posted a tutorial on its website.

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