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.Find out more (getready.govt.nz)
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 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2022 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 22 May 2022. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 nationwide tests of the Emergency Mobile Alert system were cancelled.