What is Emergency Mobile Alert Test?

Emergency Mobile Alerts are messages about emergencies sent by authorised emergency agencies to capable mobile phones. The alerts are designed to keep you safe and are broadcast to all capable phones from targeted cell towers. Emergency Mobile Alert is one way of receiving information about emergencies, it will never be used in isolation.

Since the system was launched in November 2017, a test has been held annually to ensure the Emergency Mobile Alert system works well. The test allow us to evaluate the system, cell towers and your phone’s ability to receive the alert.

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What is the date for the Emergency Mobile Alert Test this year?

A nationwide test is being held to test the Emergency Mobile Alert system on Sunday 24 November between 6pm and 7pm

Because emergency mobile alert is sent by cell-broadcast, there is no option to opt out of receiving the test. Alerts are targeted to All New Zealanders with a capable mobile phone. 

What should you do?

Find out if your mobile phone is capable of receiving the messages by checking the list on our website Please note that your phone may not be capable even if it is on the list if it has not been set up to receive cell broadcast (eg some parallel imported phones)

Provide your feedback on the test through a form that will be available on the Civil Defence website.

What are the other ways to stay informed during an emergency?

Radio - If the power goes out, a solar or battery powered radio (or your car radio) can help you keep up to date with the latest news. In an emergency, tune to these stations: Radio New Zealand, The Hits, NewstalkZB, MoreFM. 

Online - For local updates, check your council’s website, as well as your local Civil Defence Emergency Management Group website and social media. National updates will be available on the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management's website and @civildefence Twitter channel.

Neighbours – Get to know your neighbours so you can help each other while civil defence and emergency services are busy helping people who need them most. Get involved in your community and get to know your neighbours before an emergency happens.