The Government are planning to launch an emergency notification system later this year with the aim of notifying the public to nearby incidents that could cause harm such as fires, floods and terrorist incidents.
A test of the service will be taking place tomorrow, 22nd June, between 1pm and 2pm and could see Android users getting a test notification and their phone may also make a loud siren sound.
Some people may get an alert on their phone tomorrow as part of the test. Photo: Stock Image.
A statement on the Government website said: “Some mobile phone networks in the UK are testing emergency alerts between 1pm and 2pm. If you have an Android device, there’s a small chance you may get a test alert. Your device may make a loud siren-like sound.”
The alert will say: “This is a mobile network operator test of the Emergency Alerts service. You do not need to take any action. To find out more, search for gov.uk/alerts”
You can opt out of mobile phone network tests by clicking here. (NEMM is not responsible for the content of external websites)
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. You will not get alerts if your device is turned off or in aeroplane mode.
You can find out more about the service on the Gov.uk website here https://www.gov.uk/alerts