Why an alert message will be sent this Friday to the phones of residents of the Mediterranean coast

Why an alert message will be sent this Friday to the phones of residents of the Mediterranean coast

Un message sera envoyé sur vos téléphones. (Illustration) MAXPPP

Friday January 19, the phones of people close to the coast will receive a tsunami alert. Don't panic, it will just be for an exercise as was the case in Frontignan in September.

This will only be for one exercise, as was the case on September 12 only in Frontignan. This Friday, January 19 in the morning, the phones of people located near the coastline along the entire French Mediterranean coast will receive a tsunami alert.

Nine departments are concerned: Alpes-Maritimes, Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, Gard, Hérault, l’ Aude, the Pyrénées-Orientales, Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud. 

Specific sound signal

This message, technically broadcast by radio waves, will arrive on phones accompanied by a specific sound signal, even if it is in silent mode. As the Maritime Prefecture specifies in a press release: "No particular action is expected from the population upon receipt of this FR-Alert message and no means will be taken on the ground ( firefighters, police…). The sirens of the population alert and information system (SAIP) will not be triggered – they would be in the event of a tsunami alert. "& ;nbsp;

The FR-Alert system is currently being deployed. This will be the first time that it will be tested over such a vast area, from one border of France to the other. In fact, people who receive this alert will be able, if they wish, to respond to an online questionnaire(1).

A tsunami within 30 years

According to studies, it is certain that the Mediterranean coast will be hit by a tsunami within thirty years. The wave would have a maximum height of three meters. You might as well start adopting good habits, as the Maritime Prefecture reminds us. Once the – real – alert is triggered: "Immediately reach a high point on foot. Move away from the seaside immediately until you reach a high point. Do not take not your car. Leave your children at school, they are taken care of. If you are at sea, head out to sea. Stay attentive to the instructions of the official authorities (prefecture, town halls). Stay in a safe place until the authorities declare the end of the alert."

(1) sphinxonline.com/surveyserver/s/LGP2017/fr-alert-billingue/metropole.htm

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