The aim of the national emergency alarm (once it gets going) is to ensure that people in areas where there is a risk to life - like natural disasters such as floods, a terrorist attack - are given sufficient warning.
The UK is fairly behind when it comes to this kind of technology as other countries such as USA, Netherlands, Canada, South Korea, Japan and New Zealand all have national emergency alarms.
The UK government has previously relied on co-operation from the big four mobile carriers to send out messages, but the new technology will allow the government to bypass them and allow them to send an alert to devices in a specific area within 10 seconds.
The alerts currently only work on iPhones running iOS 14.5 or later, or Android phones and tablets running Android 11 or later.
You may be thinking, are my personal details being shared?
The simple answer is no - this system doesn’t need personal details, such as phone numbers.
Having a national emergency alarm in place will certainly make it easier for the government to reach us in the future.