Government emergency alerts

The UK government’s new Emergency Alerts system is now live.
The system will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone
when lives are in danger.

It will be used to warn you in the event of emergencies, such as
severe flooding.
Emergency Alerts are sent to all compatible mobile phones within an
area of risk. They don’t track your location, need your phone number,
or collect personal data. Only the government and the emergency
services will be able to send them. If you don’t have a mobile phone,
you’ll still be kept informed through other channels.
If you get an Emergency Alert on your phone, you’ll hear a loud,
siren-like sound. A message on your screen will tell you about the
emergency and how best to respond. You’ll be able to check an alert
is genuine at
If you receive an alert, read the alert carefully and follow the
You can opt out of receiving emergency alerts; for more information
on how to opt out please go to
To find out more about Emergency Alerts, visit

Here’s the explainer video: