You may have seen in the news recently that the government’s new Emergency Alerts system will be tested on Sunday April 23. Here is the sound you will hear:
The new alert system could create a risk to people experiencing domestic abuse, who for their safety have a secret or secondary mobile phone. The alert will play a sound even if the phone is on silent, which and may make the phone be detectable to perpetrators. The alert will play a loud siren and vibrate, and your phone will not be useable until you acknowledge the alert.
Refuge has shared a video with instructions on how to turn off the emergency alerts on both Android and iPhone.
If you are experiencing Domestic Abuse or have left an abusive relationship you can access support here:
- If you are in immediate danger please dial 999
- Lewisham Children & Family Centres
- Athena Lewisham (quick exit site)