Alerts are to be pushed to people’s phones during life-threatening emergencies as part of a new government service.
In the event of an emergency such as dangerous weather conditions, fires or public health crises, people will be notified if there is a danger to life nearby and their phone or tablet will receive an alert with advice on how to stay safe.
The service was tested last summer and should be launched this year, WalesOnline reports
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How emergency alerts work
In the event of an emergency, nearby mobile phone towers will send an alert to all compatible mobile phones or tablets within range.
You will receive alerts based on your current location, not where you live or work. The government states that no one will collect or share data about you, your device, or your location when you receive an alert.
You won’t receive alerts if your device is turned off or in airplane mode, and emergency alerts are free. You don’t need to sign up or download an app and you can turn off some emergency alerts, but you are advised to keep them on for your own safety.
What happens when you receive an emergency alert?
Your phone or tablet can:
- Make a loud siren-like sound, even if set to silent
- Read alert
The sound and vibration will last approximately 10 seconds and you are advised to stop what you are doing and follow the alert instructions.
Sometimes an alert will include a phone number or a link to the GOV.UK website for more information.
Reasons why you might receive an alert
You may receive alerts about:
- severe flooding
- Public health emergencies
Emergency alerts will only be sent by emergency services, government departments, agencies and bodies that handle emergencies.
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