UK-wide Emergency Alert test

A new system will give the Government and emergency services the capability to send an alert directly to mobiles phones when there is a risk to life has been launched

The IK government has confirmed that a UK-wide emergency alerts test will take place on Sunday 23rd April 2023 which will see people receive a welcome message on their mobile phones

You do not need to do anything when you receive the message – this is just a test, and the service is more effective if it has been tested before use.

Announcing the launch of the new alerts system, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Oliver Dowden MP:

We are strengthening our national resilience with a new emergency alerts system, to deal with a wide range of threats – from flooding to wild fires.

It will revolutionise our ability to warn and inform people who are in immediate danger, and help us keep people safe. As we’ve seen in the U.S. and elsewhere, the buzz of a phone can save a life.

Emergency Alerts will be used across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and their initial use will focus on the most serious severe weather-related incidents, including severe flooding in England. The Government has been working closely with a range of stakeholders and partners across the UK on developing the system, including colleagues from the emergency services, transport groups and the Environment Agency.

PAYadvice.UK 21/3/2023

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