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Emergency Alerts Test

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National test of Emergency Alerts will take place at 3pm on Sunday 23 April.

What is the Alert System?

The Alert System contacts people via their mobile phone when lives are in danger.

An Emergency Alert is a loud, siren-like sound with a message on your screen.

The government or emergency services send Emergency Alerts to mobile phones within an area of risk. They don’t track your location, need your phone number, or collect personal data, and only the emergency services can send them.

When the Test is & What will Happen

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UK Government Emergency Alerts Announcement

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

Your mobile phone or tablet may:

  • make a loud siren-like sound, even if it’s set on silent
  • vibrate
  • read out the alert

The sound and vibration will last for about 10 seconds. If you have a vision or hearing impairment, audio and vibration attention signals will let you know you have an emergency alert.

An alert will include a phone number or a link to the GOV.UK website for more information.

You’ll get alerts based on your current location – not where you live or work. You do not need to turn on location services to receive alerts.

To check an alert is genuine by following this link. 

Find out more about the Emergency Alert System here.

Reblogged from Walsall Council here.

Domestic Abuse

Victims of domestic abuse may have a mobile phone that is concealed from an abuser. If this phone is turned on the alarm will sound.  Mobile phones and tablets do not have to be connected to mobile data or wifi to get alerts. Refuge has published a video guide to managing emergency alerts: Managing Emergency Alerts on your phone to stay safe if you’re experiencing domestic abuse – YouTube

The West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner’s office also offers advice and how you can opt out: Domestic abuse victims urged to disable Government’s emergency alert system – West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner.

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