Otago Polytechnic

Nationwide emergency text test - Sun 24 Nov

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management are running an emergency mobile alert test. 

This will happen on Sunday 24 November between 6pm and 7pm. 

Don't be alarmed - this is only a test. 

A form will be available on the Civil Defence website for people to place their feedback about the test. 

More information  

  • 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. They 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.
  • You can find out if your mobile phone is capable of receiving the messages by checking the list on this website https://getready.govt.nz/capable-phones
  • 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).
  • Because emergency mobile alert is sent by cell-broadcast, there is no option to opt out of receiving the test or alerts.
  • Emergency Mobile Alert is one way of receiving information about emergencies, it will never be used in isolation.
  • It's important to know the different ways you can stay informed during an emergency.