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IT-alert is active, the 4 types of risk for which the population is alerted

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IT-alert is active, the 4 types of risk for which the population is alerted

IT-alert, the new public alert system designed to inform the Italian population in case of serious emergencies or imminent disasters, has been active since 13 February 2024.

The system will be operational for four specific types of risk, offering direct and efficient communication in critical situations.

Let us try to summarize the potential and actual use of the system.

The 4 types of risk

The IT-alert system has been designed to be activated in the event of:

Collapse of a large dam: emergency situation due to the failure of a dam with possible significant consequences downstream.
Major accidents in industrial plants: covering emergency scenarios due to large-scale industrial accidents.
Nuclear accidents or radiological emergency situations: to inform the population about safety measures in case of accidents in nuclear plants or radiological situations.
Volcanic activity in the areas of Campi Flegrei, Vesuvius and the island of Vulcano: to monitor and manage situations related to volcanic activity in these regions.

How the message arrives

The IT-alert message will be transmitted to anyone in the area affected by the emergency, as long as the mobile phone is turned on and connected to cell phones. Receiving this message indicates that you are in a potentially dangerous area and provides instructions on actions to take, such as staying indoors, moving away from water or evacuating the area.

Currently, the IT-alert system is only operational for the four types of risk mentioned. For other scenarios, such as intense rainfall, tsunamis and volcanic activity on Stromboli, the testing phase was extended by another year for further analysis and verification.

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The Head of the Civil Protection Department – in press launch– underlined the importance of promptly informing the population in situations of potential danger. He emphasized that awareness of the risks and knowledge of the actions to be taken are crucial to ensuring an effective response by citizens.


The system also provides for the periodic sending of “test” messages to guarantee correct functioning in emergency situations and to raise awareness among the population of possible risks.

What to do if I receive a test message?

Anyone who receives an IT-alert message that begins with the word “TEST” therefore has nothing to fear: these are simply checks on the functionality of the system, with the dual function of ensuring its correct functioning in the event of a real emergency and, at the same time, to keep high attention on the possible risks in the area and increase the awareness of each of us.


Further information is available on the official websites IT-alert e I’m not at riskwhere you can find details on good civil protection practices.

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