Emergency Alerts is a new service from the UK government. It’s expected to launch in summer 2021.
Emergency alerts will warn you if there’s a danger to life nearby.
In an emergency, your phone or tablet will receive an alert with advice about how to stay safe.
If there’s a test in your local area, you might get an alert.
You may also get an alert if you travel through a test area during a test.
When the service is live…..
You may get alerts about:
- severe flooding
- terrorist incidents
- public health emergencies
Emergency alerts will only be sent by:
- the emergency services
- government departments, agencies and public bodies that deal with emergencies
For most people, the chance of receiving an alert will be low.
Tuesday 22 June 2021
Across the UK:
Some mobile phone networks in the UK are testing emergency alerts between 1pm and 2pm.
If you have an Android device, there’s a small chance you may get a test alert. Your device may make a loud siren-like sound.
The alert will say:
This is a mobile network operator test of the Emergency Alerts service. You do not need to take any action. To find out more, search for gov.uk/alerts