On Sunday 23rd April, the UK will be sent an Emergency Alarm Test to your phones or tablets (ipad etc). The alerts (warnings) come from our government to let you know there is a danger to life nearby. The alert (text) will tell you what you should do to stay safe.
Why would we be warned?
Who Sends the warning (alert)?
Emergency alerts will only be sent by:
the emergency services
government departments, agencies and public bodies that deal with emergencies (for example Fire, Police, Ambulance, weather office)
What happens when you get an emergency alert?
Your mobile phone or tablet may:
make a loud siren-like sound, even if it’s set on silent
read out the alet
If you are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or partially sighted
If you have a vision or hearing impairment, audio and vibration attention signals will let you know you have an emergency alert.
The warning (alert) will say:
“This is a test of Emergency Alerts, a new UK government service that will warn you if there’s a life-threatening emergency nearby”.
In an actual emergency, follow the instructions in the alert to keep yourself and others safe.
The sound and vibration will last for about 10 seconds.
An alert will include a phone number or a link to the GOV.UK website for more information.
You’ll get alerts based on where you are at that time – not where you live or work. You do not need to turn on location services to receive alerts.
⚠️REMEMBER – The one on Sunday 23.4.23 is a test. You do not need to take any action.
Watch here How emergency alerts works – YouTube
Link to Government page here
Image courtesy of UK Government/Cabinet Office