Nationwide test of Emergency Alert System – Sunday 23rd April


The new Emergency Alerts service is now live. The system will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone if their lives are at risk in an emergency. The service will be used to warn you about life-threatening emergencies such as severe flooding. 

Please be aware the new Emergency Alerts system will be tested nationally on Sunday 23rd April at 3pm. The aim is to alert the country to the new system, but please be assured, no action will need to be taken. 

Emergency Alerts are messages sent to all compatible 4G and 5G mobile phones when there’s a danger to your life, health or property in the area you’re located. They don’t need your location or phone number. Only the government and the emergency services can send them. If you don’t have a mobile, you’ll still be kept informed through other channels. 

If you get an Emergency Alert on your phone, you’ll hear a loud, siren-like sound. A message on your screen will tell you about the emergency and how best to respond. You’ll be able to check an alert is genuine via the Government website

Be aware that your phone could make a loud noise even if it is on silent. If you are a domestic violence survivor and you have a hidden phone, this alert system could reveal it's location. There is a guide produced by Essex Action on how to turn these alerts off. 

If you receive an alert while driving, do not pick up your phone and attempt to deal with the message. Continue driving as normal, staying in full control of your vehicle. If you feel the need to look at your phone, you must find a safe and legal place to pull over first. You MUST NOT hold a mobile phone while driving or riding a motorcycle. It is illegal to do so. 

To learn more about Emergency Alerts and look out for the nationwide information campaign visit You can also find more information on this helpful factsheet.   

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