Emergency Alert System UPDATE - Testing On Sunday 23 April 2023

April 18, 2023

[Video included] The Cabinet Office have launched a new system that will give the government and emergency services the capability to send an alert directly to mobile phones when there is a risk to life.

On Sunday 23 April at 3pm, the Cabinet Office will be testing this new emergency alerts system. As a result, 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 full message will read:

"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 a real 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."

To find out more, visit gov.uk/alerts

Please let your friends and family know so they understand the purpose of the sound.