The president of the Senate Security Commission, Henry Neumann, said he is concerned that the country’s telecommunications system can effectively respond to a tsunami warning and adequately inform citizens.
When leaving a public hearing yesterday, Neumann indicated that he will request additional information from the Telecommunications Regulatory Board about the protocols to respond in this type of events.
“We ask the board for additional information because it is not clear who has the responsibility to carry the warning message to the different cell phone companies that exist in Puerto Rico, which according to the paper are eight. I am worried that they do not have that protocol established in an efficient way because we are talking about a system that has to be in place and that only gives a margin of minutes to be able to send that message to the population to evict the danger areas, “he said. .
Senator Penepé went further by noting that “everything related to tsunamis worries me because I see that there are serious deficiencies with the processes to protect citizens.”
At yesterday’s hearing, the president of the Telecommunications Regulatory Board, Sandra Torres López, enumerated the state and federal regulations, laws and ordinances that govern this type of communications.
He added that they will resume the abandoned practice of reviewing whether telecommunications companies have the Emergency Mobile Alert System (WEA) to alert their customers in the event of the activation of an emergency.
“We will return to this practice for the benefit of our citizens,” he said.
These alerts only cover critical emergency situations “and people will receive the following three types of alerts: alerts issued by the president, alerts of security threats or that could put lives in danger and Amber alerts,” he said.