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UK Emergency Alerts test on Sunday 23 April at 3pm

On Sunday 23 April at 3pm, there will be a national test of the UK Emergency Alerts service.

Emergency Alerts help keep people safe if there is an immediate risk to life such as wildfires or severe flooding, by sending an alert direct to people’s mobile phone.

The message will be received on 4G and 5G mobile phones, along with sound and vibration for up to 10 seconds. People won't need to take any action - the sound and vibration will stop automatically after ten seconds. All people need to do is swipe away the message or click ‘OK’ on their phone’s home screen - just like for a ‘low battery’ warning or notification - and continue to use their phone as normal.

Residents can find out further information on Emergency Alerts, including what they look and sound like at

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