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 gov.uk/alerts
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 gov.uk/alert
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: