Nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert

A nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert took place on 26 November 2017.

Why there was a test of Emergency Mobile Alert

Testing is a necessary part of making sure the Emergency Mobile Alert system works well.

The nationwide test was sent to cell towers all over New Zealand and we expect approximately two million phones were capable of receiving the alert.

The test allowed us to evaluate the system, cell towers and your phone’s ability to receive the alert.

We’ve already received thousands of feedback submissions from people which will help us evaluate and improve the Emergency Mobile Alert system.

Another nationwide test will be held sometime in 2018. This will well publicised once a date has been chosen.

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Cover of Survey ReportEmergency Mobile Alert – independent survey results

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.

Read the Emergency Mobile Alert Survey Report - Dec 2017 (PDF 3.4mb)