New Zealanders: if your phone squeals at you sometime between 6 and 7pm tomorrow evening, don’t panic! Tomorrow New Zealand will face it’s first mobile emergency alert test. Compatible phones are listed on the CD website. You don’t have to download an app or subscribe to anything; it’ll just do it’s thing.
Mobile alerts give warning and advice if there are “serious hazards that involve threats to life, health or property” (see FAQ).
Alerts will only be issued by –
- New Zealand Police
- Fire and Emergency New Zealand
- Local Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups
- The Ministries of:
- Primary Industries
- Civil Defence & Emergency Management
To ‘get back’ to an alert issued earlier,
- On Android phones: try looking in the Messages app.
- For iPhone users: look in your notifications (Swipe down from the top of your screen. Deleting your notifications will also delete the alert.)
Another way to check if your phone might be compatible is to check if there is a notification setting for emergency alerts.*
Damaged cell phone towers or power outages may cause alerts to not work. Fact sheets and guides are available.
A short article introduces in the Otago Daily Times introduces the alerts using a local example.
Feel free to share your responses to the alert in the comments below!
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* Curiously, my iPhone SE isn’t showing the emergency alert notification option. It ought to…
A warning sign. The example is a German road sign, but internationally similar signs warn people of impending danger. The image is public domain, taken from wikipedia.