AN ’emergency alert’ is due to be issued between 1pm and 2pm today (Tuesday, June 22) as the UK Government tests a new system which it expects to fully launch this summer.A second test is due to be held on Tuesday, June 29.
It is hoped that in an emergency member’s of the public will receive an alert via their phone or tablet with advice on how to stay safe.
The Gov.uk website states: "Emergency Alerts is a new service from the UK government. It’s expected to launch in summer 2021. Emergency alerts will warn you if there’s a danger to life nearby. In an emergency, your phone or tablet will receive an alert with advice about how to stay safe.
"The government and mobile phone networks are testing emergency alerts. You may get an alert if you live in, or travel through, a test area.
"Emergency alerts are broadcast from mobile phone masts. Every compatible mobile phone or tablet in range will receive an alert. The government does not need your phone number to send you an alert."