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Nationwide Emergency Mobile Alert Test

Published: 21 November 2018

A nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert will take place on 25 November 2018.

The test alert will be sent by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management between 6pm and 7pm. 

What is Emergency Mobile Alert?

Emergency Mobile Alerts are messages about emergencies sent by authorised emergency agencies to capable mobile phones. The alerts are designed to keep people safe and are broadcast to all capable phones from targeted cell towers.

The alerts can be targeted to areas affected by serious hazards and will only be sent when there is a serious threat to life, health, or property, and in some cases for test purposes.

If you get an alert, read the message and take it seriously. It will tell you what the emergency is and what to do. It will also tell you which agency sent the message and if needed, where to go for more information.

Find frequently asked questions about Emergency Mobile Alert

Is your phone compatible?

Tests like this are an essential part of making sure the Emergency Mobile Alert system works well.

The nationwide test is sent to cell towers all over New Zealand and the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management expects approximately three million phones are capable of receiving the alert.

Visit this website to find out if your phone is capable of receiving the Emergency Mobile Alert:

Emergency Mobile Alert capable phones

If you'd like information about upcoming nationwide tests, please email emergency.management@dpmc.govt.nz