The government is moving forward with its first test of a national emergency alarm system between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Those chosen in East Suffolk will find that their phones or tablets make a ‘loud siren sound’.
Rest assured, this is only a test and does not require any response.
Once the system is operational, it will send alerts to people in areas where there is a risk to life, such as during floods or terrorist attacks.
Emergency alert systems are common in many countries, including the United States, the Netherlands, Canada, South Korea, Japan, and New Zealand.
However, the UK has never had such a system, despite testing in the early 2010s.
As a result, during the early phase of the coronavirus pandemic, the government had to rely on the four major mobile operators to send text messages to their customers.
In the future, he will be able to contact people directly for national and local alerts.
This technology also means that no personal details, such as phone numbers, are shared and ensures that no significant stress is added to phone networks.
“The Emergency Alert Service will be an essential tool in helping us better respond to emergencies, both nationally and locally,” said Penny Mourdant, Payor General.
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“The concept was put to good use during the pandemic when we asked people, via text, to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
“This new system builds on that capability and will allow us to deliver vital messages to UK citizens faster and more effectively. “