UK public alert system – level 3

14-04-2023 15:00

Millions of phones across the UK will emit an alarm sound and vibrate at 3 pm on Sunday 23rd April in a nationwide test of the government’s new public alert system.

The system’s designed to be used in life-threatening situations such as floods and wildfires. It’ll be about the volume of a normal incoming call and it’ll be a siren-like sound that’ll last for 10 seconds. There will be a message saying that it’s the government’s nationwide test; however, the message, sound, and vibration will only be received on 4G and 5G mobile phones.

The timing of the system test coincides with major events, including the London Marathon and two Premier League football matches. Concerns have been raised about distractions the alert will cause to drivers, and domestic violence campaigners say the test could put people in danger by revealing the location of secret phones hidden by those at risk.

Difficult words: alert (quick warning of danger or problem), coincide (to occur at the same time).

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