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Suffolk residents to receive text alerts in the event of terror attacks and other public health emergencies as part of Government trial

Residents in East Suffolk are to receive text messages alerting them to public emergencies, such as terrorist attacks, as part of a Government test pilot.

The trial will begin this month, which will see messages sent to people in the event of public health threats such as terror attacks, fires or severe flooding.

If the scheme proves to be a success, Downing Street plan to roll it out nationwide later in the year.

If the trial is deemed a success, it will be rolled out nationwide.
If the trial is deemed a success, it will be rolled out nationwide.

The texts, which will use the latest 4G and 5G technology, will offer information on how to respond to the threats – similar to what was used last year when lockdown measures were first introduced.

Cabinet Office Minister Penny Mordaunt, said: “The Emergency Alerts service will be a vital tool in helping us to better respond to emergencies, both nationally and locally.

“This new system builds on existing capability and will allow us to more quickly and effectively get life-saving messages to people across the UK.”

Similar systems are already in operation across the globe, in countries such as the US, Canada, South Korea, Japan and New Zealand – in the latter, several lives have been saved by alerting people to imminent earthquakes.

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