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18th Apr 2023 In Case Studies By ADNS IT Expert

National test of the UK Emergency Alerts service

On Sunday 23 April 2023, at 3pm, there will be a national test of the UK Emergency Alerts service.

Millions of mobile phones across the country will sound an alarm as part of a nationwide test of a new system from the UK Government. The system was successfully trialled in 2021 and is now set to be rolled out across the UK in 2023. 

The alert will trigger a message notification alongside a loud siren-like noise (even if your phone is on silent). People will need to tap 'OK' or swipe away the notification like any other, with no further action required. 

What is an Emergency Alert? 

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

What will the Emergency Alert system be used for? 

The Emergency Alerts is a UK Government service that will warn you if there’s a danger to life nearby. In an emergency, your mobile phone will receive an alert with advice on how to stay safe. 

Who is responsible for the alerts?

Alerts cannot be managed or pushed out by networks or service providers and will only be sent out by emergency services, government departments or public bodies.

Want to find out more? 

For more information, or to hear an example alert please visit the Government website here. Or, if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate in contacting us today.