Emergency Alert System

Image from the Scottish Government, which includes text that says "The emergency alert system is now live and will be used to warn people when their lives are in danger."

The new Emergency Alerts system will be tested nationally on April 23rd at approximately 3pm.
The system will warn people when their lives are in danger. An Emergency Alert is a loud, siren-like sound (which continues for up to 10 seconds) with a message on your mobile phone screen.

An Emergency Alert looks and sounds very different to other types of messages such as SMS ‘text messages’. You’ll know if you get an Emergency Alert because you’ll hear a loud, siren-like sound and your phone will use a distinct vibration. A message will appear on your screen until you acknowledge it. They don’t track your location, need your phone number, or collect personal data, and only the emergency services can send them.

To find out more, watch the information video below or visit gov.uk/alerts

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