On Sunday 23rd April, UKs new mobile emergency Alert service will be tested.
A siren-like emergency warning message will be sent by the Government to all mobile phone users across the UK to test a new public alert system.
To check if it worked, phone users will not be able to use any other features on their mobile until they have acknowledged the alert.
The alerts are secure, free to receive, and one-way, do not reveal anyone’s location or collect personal data.
Looking forward, the scheme is designed to be used for the most severe weather-related events where there is a risk to life.
It aims to get messages out to at least 90% of mobile users in who could be impacted by the emergency to providing details of the problem and instructions on what to do.
UK-wide Emergency Alerts service launched.
Bolstering the UK’s resilience and provides the capability to send alerts direct to mobile phones when there is a risk to life
UK-wide test to take place on Sunday 23 April
The UK-wide alerts test will take place at 3pm, Sunday 23 April and people will receive a test message on their mobile phones.
Watch this video to see an example of what an emergency alert will look and sound like on the 23rd of April: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmdqHLekkBQ&embeds_euri=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gov.uk%2F&feature=emb_imp_woyt
You can find more information at gov.uk/alerts and via the Government’s Launch of life-saving public emergency alerts news post.