Nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert

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

Nationwide test 25 November 2018Why is there a 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 and we expect approximately three million phones are capable of receiving the alert.

Last year we received thousands of feedback submissions from people which helped us evaluate and improve the Emergency Mobile Alert system.

The nationwide test will be held on the evening of 25 November 2018 from 6 pm to 7 pm. 

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Cover of Survey ReportEmergency Mobile Alert – 2017 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)