Sirens will go off on all UK mobile phones next month as part of government experiment
Next month, siren-like emergency warning messages will be sent to phones across the UK to test a new public warning system.
A loud warning sound and vibration will appear on the home screen on April 23rd (St. George’s Day) and won’t stop until people are aware of it.
The system is intended for use in life-threatening situations such as floods and wildfires and is already in use in countries such as the United States, Canada, the Netherlands and Japan.
Focus on the most severe weather events and send messages to 90% of mobile users in your area during emergencies.
Principality of Lancaster, Oliver Dowden, said: “We are strengthening the country’s resilience with a new emergency warning system to deal with a wide range of threats, from floods to wildfires.
“This will revolutionize our ability to warn and inform people in imminent danger and help keep people safe.
“Phone buzzers can save lives, as we’ve seen in the US and other countries.”
People who do not want to receive alerts can opt out in their device settings.
But authorities want users to keep using the message because it has the potential to save lives.
Alerts are only sent by government or emergency services and contain details of the affected areas.
The Cabinet Office confirms that the alerts are secure, free to receive, one-way, and claim they do not reveal anyone’s whereabouts or collect personal data.
The service is already being tested in Reading and East Suffolk.
It is hoped that the scheme will eventually be used to issue warnings about terrorist incidents.
But officials said they needed more information on how the alarm system works in the UK before that happens.
Mark Hardingham, Chairman of the National Council of Fire Chiefs, said:
Systems of this type are in operation elsewhere around the world and we look forward to setting up a facility here in the UK. We hope that by working with fire services and partners, this system will help keep everyone safe. In a crisis, you can.
Caroline Douglas, Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management at the Environment Agency said: neighbor.
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