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UK Emergency Alert: Be Aware Not Alarmed – TEST

You may be aware that the UK Government recently announced the activation of a UK wide Emergency Alerting System.


Emergency Alerts enable urgent messages to be broadcast to a defined area when there is an imminent risk to life, such as wildfires or severe flooding.

There have been several tests across the country, however a national test will be taking place at 3pm on Sunday 23rd April.


The important thing is to BE AWARE of the emergency alert system and NOT ALARMED.

The test of the new Emergency Alerts system will see people receive a message on the home screen of their mobile phone, along with a sound and vibration for up to ten seconds.

The alert on Sunday 23rd will say:

“This is a test of Emergency Alerts, a new UK government service that will warn you if there’s a life-threatening emergency nearby.

In an actual emergency, follow the instructions in the alert to keep yourself and others safe.

Visit gov.uk/alerts for more information.

This is a test. You do not need to take any action.”


For more information the following links maybe helpful: