Emergency Alerts UK.


At 3pm (UK time) on the 23rd April 2023, the government are sending out a public emergence released phone alert. This will be sent to pretty much all UK smartphones.

The phones will emit a sound, and contain a message saying – “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 a real emergency, follow the instructions in the alert to keep yourself and others safe.”

It will emit a siren sound and vibrate for 10 seconds even if the phone is on silent. You will need to acknowledge receiving this message before you are able to use your phone again for anything else. This will happen even if your phone is switched to silent!!

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If for any reason you have a phone which you need to keep a secret for your (or other’s) safety, then you’ll need to go into your phone settings, and deactivate the alert system function beforehand, to ensure this doesn’t go off.

On this occasion they are purely testing the technology, and presumably the response to it. In future these types of alerts will be used for major events such as severe flooding, fires, and extreme weather.

You can find out more using this link. https://www.gov.uk/alerts

This link will take you to the BBC News Website for info too. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-65290166 and I have added a YouTube video below as well.


Emergency, evacuation!

Do you own a business in England, UK? Then please read on.

I have no doubt that you have an emergency evacuation plan for fires etc….. but within that have you done a risk assessment and as a result have ready a evacuation procedure for disabled people, how would a wheelchair user be able to evacuate the building?

If you’re upstairs then the lift will be out of action, so what’s the alternate procedure, do you have an evacuation chair and do your staff all know how to use it?

If you have one, then please ensure the staff have been trained in using it.

I have added a link below so you can find out more about the process, and government guidelines.