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 next nationwide test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system is happening on Sunday 22 May 2022, between 6-7pm.
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 and 2019 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 24 November 2019. In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 nationwide tests of the Emergency Mobile Alert system were cancelled.
After the 2018 nationwide test, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management commissioned an independent survey.
The survey was conducted by interviewing 1000 New Zealand mobile users aged 15 years and over. The survey was conducted immediately after the 2018 nationwide test between 26 November and 9 December 2018.
A survey was also conducted following the 2019 nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert.
The survey looked at a range of factors.