There will be a national UK Emergency Alert test on Sunday 23 April at 3pm.

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An emergency alerts system is being launched by the UK Government to warn people, through their mobile phone, about serious nearby imminent risk to life, such as wildfires or severe flooding.

An Emergency Alert looks and sounds very different to other types of notifications or messages such as SMS ‘text messages’.

In an emergency, your mobile phone or tablet will, depending on its settings: 

  • make a unique loud siren-like sound, even if it’s set to silent
  • vibrate
  • read out the alert
  • the sound and vibration will last for about 10 seconds


If you receive an alert, it may also include a phone number or a link to the GOV.UK website for more information.

There will be a national UK Emergency Alert test on Sunday 23 April at 3pm.

Such an alert, including the sound, could cause anxiety for a number of vulnerable people.

Those experiencing domestic abuse, who for their safety have a secret or secondary mobile phone, are being advised to turn off Emergency Alerts.

Please could you help by sharing information about the Emergency Alerts System and the test on Sunday 23 April at 3pm to your networks, those who you work with as well as families and carers to help them to prepare.

Information can be found on the website and our website has links to posters, leaflets, Easy Read and social media assets that you can use to help share the information.



Published: 14/04/2023
Audience: All
Contact: Alice Marshall

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