Nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert
The nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert system is taking place Sunday, 28 May. Find out more about the nationwide tests.
Annual test of Emergency Mobile Alert system is taking place 28 May
The nationwide test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system will take place between 6 and 7 pm on Sunday 28 May 2023. An alert will be broadcast to all capable phones.
The test of Emergency Mobile Alert allows us to evaluate the system, cell towers, and the ability for mobile phones to receive the alert. The test also helps to familiarise the public with what an Emergency Mobile Alert looks like and how their phone presents the message.
Why we test of Emergency Mobile Alert
The nationwide test is a necessary part of making sure the Emergency Mobile Alert system works well.
The nationwide test is sent to cell towers all over New Zealand. We expect most phones are capable of receiving the alert.
In the last six years we received thousands of feedback submissions from people. These helped us improve the Emergency Mobile Alert system.
The most recent nationwide test was on the evening of 28 May 2023. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 nationwide tests of the Emergency Mobile Alert system were cancelled.
Following the nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert on 25 November 2018, MCDEM commisioned an independent survey.
The survey was conducted by interviewing 1000 New Zealand mobile users, aged 15 years and over. The survey was conducted immediatley after the 2018 nationwide test between 26 November and 9 December 2018.
The survey was to determine:
- The proportion of the New Zealand population who received the test alert
- Prior awareness of the Emergency Mobile Alert system
- Prior knowledge that the nationwide test was going to take place
- The public's perceptions of Emergency Mobile Alert system
- Whether or not the public believe the system should be optional
- Changes since the launch of the EMA system and test alert in 2017.
Following the 26 November 2017 nationwide live test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system, an independent survey was commissioned by MCDEM.
1000 mobile phone users were surveyed nationwide to gauge the level of penetration of the test alert, people’s awareness of and attitudes towards the system, and to identify any demographic variances. The survey was undertaken by Colmar Brunton Research and is attached.
Overall, the survey findings show that the test met expectations, and that the public has a favourable view of the new system.