The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are to trail a new text message service that will warn UK residents abroad of any dangerous situations that may occur. The service has been developed with the help of Vodafone UK; the system will alert registered users of any natural disaster or other situations such as civil unrest etc. The service is only available through the Vodafone network and the messages will be free of charge.
Jeremy Browne, the foreign office minister, used recent events in Libya and Japan as good examples of where this system comes into its own;
“Demonstrated the need to deliver live travel safety messages to as many people as quickly as possible. This new service is part of our vision to deliver better consular services more cost-effectively and we’re delighted to be working with Vodafone UK and a number of partners on the pilot,”