When it is used

The IT-alert service, as required by the Directive (EU) 2018/1972 for public warning systems and the Italian Electronic Communications Code, will be activated in the case of upcoming major emergencies or disasters.

From 13 February 2024, it is operational exclusively for the following civil protection hazards: 

Suppose you receive an IT-alert message concerning one of these scenarios. In that case, it means that you are in a potentially dangerous situation and that an emergency is upcoming or already in progress.  

Even if the likelihood of such events is low, it is essential to be prepared. This requires taking action now by being informed about the risks associated with them. Go to www.iononrischio.gov.it/en and learn about dangerous phenomena, their related risks, and good civil protection practices that can help you prevent, mitigate, or manage them best. 


To ensure the system is operational, periodic 'test' messages must be sent. Should you receive an IT-alert message that begins with the word 'TEST,' you do not have to worry about anything: it indicates that we are carrying out a test of the system's functionality to make sure that, in the event of an actual emergency, the messages are transmitted from the phone cells and received by the devices in the relevant areas. The tests are also essential to keep the focus on the possible risks and to increase public awareness.