The UK government’s new Emergency Alerts system is live and this will now mean that people can be contacted on their mobile phone if lives are in danger.
The alert sound will be used to warn you in the event of emergencies, such as severe flooding or fire.
The alerts are sent to all compatible mobile phones within an area of risk. They don’t track your location, need your phone number, or collect personal data. Only the government and the emergency services will be able to send them.
If you get an Emergency Alert on your phone, you’ll hear a loud, siren-like sound. A message on your screen will tell you about the emergency and how best to respond. You’ll be able to check an alert is genuine at gov.uk/alerts
Please remember that there will be a test of the alert system this coming Sunday 23rd April between 3 and 3.30pm, to ensure the Emergency Alerts system works effectively. No action will need to be taken during this test. It is always good to have the latest updates installed on your phone however.
If you receive an alert in the future, read the alert carefully and follow the instructions. You can opt out of receiving emergency alerts; for more information on how to opt out please go to gov.uk/alerts
What: Emergency Alert Test
When: Sunday 3-3.30pm
Acton: No action to be taken.