Information for students: Emergency alert system to be tested in Reading area

We would like to make you aware of the UK government’s new Emergency Alerts system, which will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone when lives are in danger.

It will be used to warn you in emergencies such as severe flooding or terror attacks. 

Emergency Alerts are sent to all compatible mobile phones within an area of risk. They don’t track your location, need your phone number, or collect personal data. Only the government and the emergency services will be able to send them. If you don’t have a mobile phone, you’ll still be kept informed through other channels. 

If you get an Emergency Alert on your phone, you’ll hear a loud, siren-like sound. A message on your screen will tell you about the emergency and how best to respond. You’ll be able to check an alert is genuine at 

To ensure the Emergency Alerts system works effectively, the government will be carrying out a series of tests. The first test will be in Reading on 29 June, between 1pm and 2pm. 

If you receive a test alert, you won’t need to do anything on this occasion. If you receive one in the future, read the alert carefully and follow the instructions. 

To find out more about Emergency Alerts, visit 

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to Charlotte Morgan, Head of Campus – Student Experience (Reading). 

To find out more, you can also watch the video below: