Letter to the Editor

Every phone in the UK will get an emergency alert next weekend – and this is what it’s going to say:

The text that will appear has now been revealed – and it will say: “This is a test of Emergency Alerts, a new UK government service that will warn you if there’s a life-threatening emergency nearby.

“In a real emergency, follow the instructions in the alert to keep yourself and others safe. Visit gov.uk/alerts for more information.

“This is a test. You do not need to take any action.”

The message will be received on 4G and 5G mobile phones along with sound and vibration for up to 10 seconds, even if devices are on silent.

Phone users will be prompted to click “OK” on their home screen or swipe away from the message before being able to continue using their device.

Keeping us safe!!



There was an emergency warning at 12.15 today in Sydney and we were advised it was a test. There were electronic signs on the freeway going into and out of the cbd showing this. From a reader

Brisbane had the same some time ago.