Government Testing of Emergency Alerts in Reading

Alert message sent 22/06/2021 12:00:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

The UK government’s new Emergency Alerts system 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 do not track your location, need your phone number, or collect personal data. Only the government and the emergency services will be able to send them.

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

Therefore, as a neighbouring area, if you live nearby, work or are travelling through the Reading area on this date and around this time, you may receive this test alert.

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

If you do not have a mobile phone, you will still be kept informed through other channels.

If you receive a test alert, you do not 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
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Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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