Emergency Alert Mobile Phone Warning

Scotland will be taking part in a new Emergency Alert mobile phone warning service across the UK . A test message will be issued to mobile phones as part of a UK-wide test of the service on Sunday 23 April. 

A mobile phone with the details of the Emergency alert from the UK Government

The UK Government plans to test the new Emergency Alerts system to make sure the technology operates as intended and alert messages are received by all compatible handsets. People do not need to do anything when they receive the UK-wide test message on Sunday 23 April. 

If you receive an emergency alert on your phone, you will hear a loud, siren-like sound. A message on your screen will tell you about the emergency and how best to respond. If you receive one, read the alert carefully and follow the instructions.

Using new mobile broadcasting technology, the system will provide a way to issue urgent messages to nearly 90% of mobile phones in a specific area when there is a risk to life during an emergency, providing clear instructions about how to respond. 

Justice Secretary and lead Minister for resilience in the Scottish Government Keith Brown said:

“This new service builds on the arrangements we already have in place with responders and other key organisations in Scotland to keep people safe during emergencies and save lives.

“The system has already been used successfully overseas in other countries including New Zealand, the Netherlands, Japan and the USA where it has been credited with saving lives during severe weather events and earthquakes.

“During rare events where there is an imminent risk to life, alerts can be sent direct to people’s mobile phones with clear instructions explaining what action to take and how to seek help.”

The system uses cell broadcast technology – if an emergency occurs in a specific geographical location then the phone masts in that area send a message to all compatible mobile phones  to warn of the danger to life.

During the trial, it is anticipated that the service will only be used in Scotland to warn about a life-threatening emergency caused by severe weather.

Only the government can send the alert and the system does not collect, store or use any personal information.

Click on this link to find out more: Emergency Alerts

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