On Sunday 23rd April, the Government will be issuing a mobile phone emergency alert check. This means any mobiles which are on will be activated and sound an alarm.
Anyone subjected to domestic abuse who has a secondary/hidden phone for safety and/or emergency reasons may be affected, and perpetrators could be alerted to the presence of the secondary/hidden phone.
The alert will say:
“This is a test of Emergency Alerts, a new UK government service that will warn you if there’s a life-threatening emergency nearby. In an actual emergency, follow the instructions in the alert to keep yourself and others safe. Visit gov.uk/alerts for more information. This is a test. You do not need to take any action.”
Mobile phone masts in the surrounding area will broadcast an alert. Every compatible mobile phone or tablet in range of a mast will receive the alert.
Your mobile phone or tablet does not have to be connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi to get alerts.
You can opt out of emergency alerts, but the government advises you should keep them switched on for your own safety.
Refuge have put together some useful advice on how you can turn alerts off on both Android phones and iPhones: