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The UK government’s new Emergency Alerts system is now live. It will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone when lives are in danger.
Emergency Alerts are loud, siren-like sounds with a message on your screen are sent to compatible mobile phones within an area of risk.
They don’t track your location, need your phone number, or collect personal data, and only the emergency services can send them.
Reasons you might get an alert
You may get alerts about:
- severe flooding
- extreme weather
Emergency alerts will only be sent by:
- the emergency services
- government departments, agencies and public bodies that deal with emergencies
What happens when you get an emergency alert
Your mobile phone or tablet may:
- make a loud siren-like sound, even if it’s set on silent
- read out the alert
The sound and vibration will last for about 10 seconds.
You can check an alert is genuine at: https://www.gov.uk/alerts