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About Governments Emergency Alerts
The new system will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone automatically when lives are in danger. An alert will be sent to all compatible mobile phones within an area of risk or nationally, if applicable, using mobile cell towers. Your mobile phone will make a loud siren-like sound and a message will appear on screen to tell you about the emergency as well as how best to respond and stay safe. The message will remain on your screen until you acknowledge it.
Please note: If you’re deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or partially sighted, audio and vibration attention signals will let you know you have an emergency alert.
If you do not have a compatible mobile*, you will still be kept informed through other channels such as TV, radio or online.
Currently, as we understand it, the alerts will be activated on all 4G handsets. However, It is also possible that alerts will come through on other 2G and 3G handsets, but 4G and 5G devices have been prioritised by the Government testing for now.
Your mobile phone or tablet may:
The sound and vibration will last for about 10 seconds.
An alert will include a phone number or a link to the GOV.UK website for more information. You can check if an alert is genuine by visiting www.gov.uk/alerts.
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. Please note that this doesn't track your location, need your phone number or collect personal data. Only the Government and the emergency services can send the alerts.
When you get an alert, stop what you’re doing and follow the instructions in the alert.
If you’re driving or riding when you get an alert
It is illegal to use a hand-held device while driving or riding.
If you do not have a compatible device, you’ll still be informed about an emergency. The emergency services have other ways to warn you when there is a threat to life.
Emergency alerts will not replace local news, radio, television or social media.
If you have a vision or hearing impairment, audio and vibration attention signals will let you know you have an emergency alert.
Emergency alerts will be sent in English. In Wales, they may also be sent in Welsh.
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