Emergencies: Warnings

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 24 March 2023.

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Photo of Fleur Anderson Fleur Anderson Shadow Paymaster General

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to ensure that Emergency Alerts reach people who (a) are digitally excluded and (b) do not have smart phones.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

The emergency alerts system is an additional tool that supplements the Government’s warning and informing systems for use in emergencies. Alerts work on all 4G and 5G phone networks in the UK. Those without a compatible device would still be informed about an emergency through other accessible channels including television, radio and print media. Any live emergency alerts will also be uploaded to view on the www.gov.uk/alerts webpage.

Emergency alerts do not replace any other form of warning tools available to the government. They are an additional tool in our national resilience toolbox to keep the public safe.

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