Last Updated on 19th April 2023
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18th April 2023
On Sunday 23rd April, the UK government will be testing the Emergency Alert system. At 3pm, mobile phone and/or tablet users across the UK will receive a message on the home screen of their device. Phones will also play loud siren-like sounds, vibrate and/or read out the alert. This will last for around 10 seconds.
The test is part of the government’s Emergency Alert system which warns people in the UK if there’s a danger to life nearby. Many other countries around the world have implemented the scheme, including France, America, and Japan.
The system will be used by emergency services, government departments, agencies and public bodies that deal with emergencies. It will alert people about dangers such as floods, fires, and extreme weather.
Potential safety risks of emergency alerts
Domestic and sexual violence charity Women’s Aid have warned that the Emergency Alert system may create risk to survivors who keep a phone or device hidden from an abuser.
Lucy Hadley, head of policy at Women’s Aid, said:
For anyone who is concerned about their safety, Women’s Aid have created video guides to switching off emergency alerts.
Remember to switch your sound on!
Much like other phone notifications such as a low battery alert, emergency alerts can be ‘swiped’ away or dismissed by pressing ‘Ok’.
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