UK to text emergency alerts for terror attack, other disasters directly to the residents
London, May 16, 2021 (AltAfrica)-UK residents in the vicinity of a terror attack, flooding and other risks to life will receive alerts on their mobile phone under plans being developed by the government.
The aptly-named Emergency Alerts warning service will be introduced via a trial this summer thanks to new cell broadcasting technology.
It will be focused initially on specific parts of the country, but will be rolled out more widely beyond the trial period and could be used to alert people to dangers both locally and nationally
The plan builds upon a similar scheme many will have become familiar with during the coronavirus pandemic, with vaccination reminders and changes to local lockdown measures among the messages and notifications sent out to millions nationwide since the beginning of the crisis.
Such alerts are also widely used in other countries, including Japan, Canada and New Zealand, where it has been widely credited with saving lives during earthquakes.Advertisement
In order to make sure the UK’s alerts system is fit for purpose, public trials will begin in East Suffolk on 25 May, where residents will receive a test alert message. They will not have to do anything in response – it’s just a test.