On April 23rd, the government will send out an alert to all devices in the UK to test their emergency alert system. It’s designed to keep people safe from things like extreme weather, but the alert might endanger women who are sharing a home with an abuser.
Many women affected by domestic abuse keep a secret second phone as part of their safety plan. But on the 23rd, the emergency alert system will send out a loud, siren-like noise to all phones and tablets. This means that abusers could easily discover a woman’s secret phone.
Please watch the video so that all women affected by domestic abuse know how to disable the emergency alerts on their second phones?
If you’re concerned that women who disable the alert won’t be receiving important information from the government, don’t worry - our video is only aimed at women who need to keep their secret phone hidden from an abusive partner. They will still receive emergency alerts from their primary phones.
Our key workers have been working hard to help survivors opt out of receiving alerts on their second phones, but we can’t reach out to everyone who needs to hear this life-saving guidance. With just a few weeks to go until the emergency alert is set to be tested, we urgently need everyone to spread the word.