National Test of the UK Emergency Alerts Service – What You Need to Know

On Sunday 23rd April 2023 at 15:00, there will be a national test of the UK Emergency Alerts service. The test is in advance of a new UK government service that will alert the public if there is a danger to life nearby. In an emergency, your mobile device or tablet will receive an alert on how to keep safe.

What are Emergency Alerts?

Emergency Alerts are text-based messages broadcasted from cell towers, using the 4G and 5G networks in the vicinity of an emergency. The alerts are free to receive, secure and one-way. They do not collect personal data or reveal your location.

Upon receipt of the notification, a phone or tablet will vibrate and make a loud siren-like sound, even if it’s set on silent. The alert would include a warning and details about the affected area and advice on what to do. Future alerts may also include a phone number or a link to the government website for more information.

This new service from the government is set to be rolled out across the UK this year after successfully being trialled in 2021.

When could I receive an alert?

Below are some examples, but not an exhaustive list, outlining when the public may receive alerts:

  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Severe Flooding
  • Terrorist Incidents
  • Public Health Emergencies

Who is responsible for the alerts?

Alerts are not and cannot be managed or pushed out by networks, service providers or resellers. The emergency alerts will only be sent by Emergency Services and Government departments, agencies and public bodies that specifically deal with emergencies.

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