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Nationwide test on Sunday of Emergency Mobile Alert system

22 November 2019

There will be a nationwide test of the Emergency Mobile Alert (EMA) system on Sunday 24 November between 6pm-7pm.

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EMA are messages about emergencies sent by authorised agencies to capable mobile phones.

You can find out if your mobile phone can receive the messages by checking the Civil Defence website getready.govt.nz/capable-phones. 

EMA are targeted to people in affected areas, sent by cell broadcast to capable phones. Because EMA are sent by cell broadcast, there is no option to opt out of receiving the test or alerts.

EMA are one way of receiving information about emergencies. They will never be used in isolation. Here are other ways you can stay informed during an emergency:

Radio - In an emergency, tune to these stations: Radio New Zealand, The Hits, NewstalkZB, MoreFM.

Online - For local updates, check our Council’s website, Facebook page and subscribe to our email newsletters. Check the Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group website and Facebook. National updates will be available on the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management's website and @NZcivildefence Twitter channel. Download the Red Cross Hazards App - alerts about hazards - from the App Store or Google Play.

Neighbours – Get to know your neighbours so you can help each other while civil defence and emergency services are busy helping people who need them most.

For more information see: civildefence.govt.nz

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