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Emergency Mobile Alert system being tested on Sunday

Emergency Mobile Alert system being tested on Sunday

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) is leading the implementation of a new nationwide emergency alert channel. A live nationwide test will be held on Sunday  26 November to test the system.

MCDEM has put together some FAQs to help understand the Emergency Mobile Alerts:

What do I need to do before the live test?

·         Find out whether your phone can receive the alerts at www.civildefence.govt.nz.

·         Ensure your phone is on the most up-to-date operating system.

What does the alert look like and what do I need to do when I receive it?

·         The alert will look similar to the image attached (this will vary depending on make and model):

·         Read the message, it should have the word ‘test’, if you have received the alert and it says ‘test’ there is nothing further for you to do.

·         From the date the system goes live (26 November 2017), if you receive an Emergency Mobile Alert, take the alert seriously, stop what you are doing and follow the instructions.

How does Emergency Mobile Alert work?

·         The alerts are sent using cell broadcast technology, so there is no need to sign up or download an app.

·         The alerts can also be targeted to affected areas, so you will only get them if the emergency is in your area.

·         If your phone is on, capable of receiving them and inside the targeted area, you should get the alerts.

·         Emergency Mobile Alerts use a dedicated signal, so they are more reliable in an emergency when mobile phone and internet traffic could overload the network.

·         It doesn’t matter which network you are on. Any capable phone entering this area during the broadcast period will receive the alert.

*Not all phones are capable of receiving alerts, so if you receive an alert, let others know.

Who sends the Emergency Mobile Alerts?

Emergency Mobile Alert messages can only be sent by the:

·         Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management,

·         Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups,

·         NZ Police, Fire and Emergency New Zealand,

·         Ministry of Health and

·         Ministry for Primary Industries.

Emergency Mobile Alert does not replace other channels

Emergency Mobile Alert is another channel used for keeping you safe if there is an emergency. Other channels, such as radio, TV, websites and social media will still be used.  The alerts do not replace other alerting systems, or the need to take action after natural warnings.

You should still be prepared for an emergency, and you shouldn’t wait to get an alert before you act. If you feel your life is in danger, don’t wait for an official warning. Take immediate action.

Take the time to make your own emergency plan which includes what to do, where to go, who can help you and who might need your help. You can make a plan online at www.happens.nz.

Find out more about Emergency Mobile Alerts at www.civildefence.govt.nz.

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