The General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU) has announced an exercise will be conducted today, between 10:00hrs and noon, to test and verify equipment making up the public information, warning and alarm system in case of civilian emergencies in seven counties – Braila, Calarasi, Galati, Constanta, Ialomita, Tulcea and Vrancea.
A siren signal of five sounds lasting 16 seconds each will be heard.
Part of the exercise, the streaming of information to the population and authorities will also be tested.
IGSU recommends the citizens to keep calm and look for info coming from the emergency inspectorates. The voice messages to be aired will include the word exercise.
On April 19, the exercise will be extended to include Bucharest City and the counties of Arges, Bacau, Botosani, Brasov, Ilfov, Neamt, Prahova, Suceava, Vaslui, Buzau, Dambovita, Giurgiu and Iasi.
The same alarm signals will be heard on April 20 in ten more counties – Alba, Harghita, Bihor, Bistrita-Nasaud, Cluj, Covasna, Maramures, Mures, Satu Mare, Salaj and Sibiu, while on April 21, the last day of the national exercise, the sirens will be sounded in the counties of Arad, Caras-Severin, Dolj, Gorj, Hunedoara, Mehedinti, Olt, Teleorman, Timis and Valcea.
According to IGSU, the information, warning, pre-alarming and alarming are done in order to convey the necessary measures in case of emergencies to protect the population and material assets as well as to contain effects of disasters. Most often, the population is being alarmed via electric and electronic sirens during floods, to signal the imminence of flash floods likely to endanger human life.
The information and alarming systems is also used in case of technological accidents involving dangerous substances, dams breaking up or objects falling from the sky. The same civilian defence method can be used in war as well.
There are more than 7,700 such means that can be used in case of disasters or other civil defence instances, with their operation being performed locally or centrally via dispatching offices.