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UK Emergency Alerts Programme – UK National Test Message 23 April 2023

UK Emergency Alerts Programme – UK National Test Message 23 April 2023

There will be a national test of the UK’s new Emergency Alerts system on Sunday 23 April at 15:00: the broadcast may be active until 16:00 (phones will only receive the alert once).

The test alert will be sent to most mobile phones across the UK. Devices will make a distinct, siren-like sound for up to 10 seconds, including on phones switched to silent mode.

Phones will also vibrate and display a message about the test. You can hear an example of what the test will look and sound like in this video (English only).

Emergency Alerts is a UK government service that will warn you if there’s a danger to life nearby. In an emergency, your mobile phone or tablet will receive an alert with advice about how to stay safe. About Emergency Alerts – GOV.UK.

UK Government have provided limited assets from their wider toolkit in Welsh, these can be found here: bilingual language (Welsh and English) assets link.

The wider UK Government toolkit has been broken down into useful sections set out below:

  • Transportation and motorists’ assets.
  • Vulnerable Audiences assets.
  • General 23 April UK wide test assets.
  • Q&A and Factsheets.
  • Social Media.
  • All toolkit assets.

IMPORTANT: Refuge have created a guide for survivors on managing alerts if they have a secret phone that they may hide from an abusive partner.