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Smartphone users: did you know your mobile is about to become a siren?

Were you aware of this? I wasn’t!

The first nationwide test of a public warning system that sends alerts to UK mobile phones will take place at 3pm on Sunday 23 April.

The emergency alerts system is designed to broadcast urgent messages in the event of a disaster such as severe flooding, fires or extreme weather.

Mobiles with a 4G or 5G signal will emit a loud siren-like sound, receive a message on their home screen and vibrate for up to 10 seconds.

Here’s the part that really surprises me:

The national test comes 10 years after the Cabinet Office conducted its first successful trials. In 2013 the government concluded that “not only would alerts be seen as a useful service by the public but that it would also be an effective way of getting people to take specific protective action during an emergency”.

In that case – and knowing that similar systems operate in other countries, including the US, Canada, the Netherlands and Japan – one can only ask one obvious question:

Why the 10-year delay?

Source: ‘Sound that could save your life’: UK disaster alert to buzz phones on 23 April | Emergency services | The Guardian


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