Test Emergency Mobile Alert happening this Sunday

Friday 24 November, 2017

Ashburton District Council is reminding residents to be aware that a test Emergency Mobile Alert will be happening on Sunday 26 November between 6.00pm and 7.00pm.

The Ministry of Civil Defence will send a test Emergency Mobile Alert to enabled phones on Sunday evening, and people should check that their phone is capable of receiving the alert.

“You don’t have to download an app or subscribe to a service in order the get the alert on your phone, but you should ensure that your phone is enabled. You can do this by checking the list of capable phones on the Ministry of Civil Defence website and making sure that your phone has the latest update,” Council Civil Defence Controller Jim Henderson says.

The Emergency Mobile Alert is a new system designed to send notifications to peoples phones about emergencies. It will be used as an additional channel of communication to help keep people safe if there is an emergency. It does not replace other emergency alerts.

People will not be able to opt-out of the Emergency Mobile Alert.

To check that your phone is capable of receiving the Emergency Mobile Alert, visit www.civildefence.govt.nz/emergency-mobile-alerts

Page reviewed: 24 Nov 2017 2:19pm