Emergency Alerts

About Emergency Alerts

Emergency Alerts is a new service from the UK government. It’s expected to launch in summer 2022.

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.

What happens when you get an alert

Mobile phone screen showing an emergency alert. The alert says: ‘This is an example of what an emergency alert will look like on your phone. It will also make a loud sound.’

Reasons you might get an alert

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.

Other reasons you might get an alert

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How it works

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.

How emergency alerts work