What are Emergency Alerts?
Emergency Alerts are a public information service that the Government has developed to alert citizens to emergencies, both nation-wide and in their local area, that represent a severe threat to life and/or property. They are text-based messages that will be broadcast from cell towers to people’s mobile devices, detailing the emergency and actions people need to take to ensure their safety.
What do the messages look like?
Emergency Alerts appear on your device’s home screen. You have to acknowledge them before you can use your device’s other features. They appear as a notification and may include telephone numbers or website links to further information. A loud, distinct tone and vibration is usually associated with the message to raise awareness of the hazard or threat.
What should I do when I receive an Emergency Alert?
Read the content carefully. An Emergency Alert is likely to include a link to gov.uk/alerts where further information is contained, and/or a helpline.
Will Emergency Alerts work on all devices?
Emergency Alerts should be received on all Galaxy Fold, S, Note, and A Series devices, [from 2015 onwards], M11-51, J3, J4 and J6, Tab S3-S7, Tab Active 2, 3 and Pro, Tab A 7-10.5, and Xcover 4S, 5 and Pro models.
However, there are some factors which might mean you will not receive an alert. These include:
We recommend that customers download the latest software. To do this go:
Settings > Software update > Download and install
How to find Emergency Alerts?
Android 11: Settings > Search for “emergency alerts” OR Settings > Notifications > Advanced Settings > Wireless Emergency Alerts
Android 10 and older OS versions: Messages app > Settings > Emergency Alert settings > Emergency Alerts
Will all the Mobile Networks provide Emergency Alerts?
Emergency Alerts will be sent across all networks.
Is my privacy and security protected?
No personal information (such as telephone number, identity or location) is used in the sending of any Emergency Alert.
For further information visit: gov.uk/alerts