The nationwide test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system is a necessary part of making sure the system works well. Find results and information about nationwide tests.
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 the last six years, 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 28 May 2023. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 nationwide tests of the Emergency Mobile Alert system were cancelled.
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After both the 2018 and 2019 nationwide tests, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management commissioned an independent survey.
The surveys looked at:
After the 2021 and 2022 test, NEMA included questions in the Annual Disaster Preparedness survey to measure the success of the Emergency Mobile Alert test.
Since the 2018 survey, all key measures have improved each year. In 2022, the survey recorded:
The 2021 Annual Disaster Preparedness Survey showed nine out of ten people received an alert or had been with someone who received an alert.
In 2019 the survey showed:
See the survey results for the 2018 and 2019 nationwide tests of Emergency Mobile Alert.
Emergency Mobile Alerts keep people safe. Alerts are broadcast to all capable phones from targeted cell towers.