Government testing of emergency alert system
On Sunday 23rd April the Government are testing an emergency alert system, which will send an alert to every mobile phone in the UK. The alert will make a siren noise and vibrate for around 10 seconds, with users unable to access their device until they clear the alert.
This is still expected to happen even if the device is on silent mode.
This article explains more about the alert and its purpose. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/mar/19/uk-launches-emergency-phone-alerts-public-warning-system
This could impact survivors of domestic abuse who have another phone or are hiding their phone from the perpetrator.
National charity Refuge have created a useful video to let survivors know how to turn the alert off on both Android phones and iPhones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7jsz8H-muo
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