Nationwide Emergency Alert

The new national mobile emergency alerting system will be launched with a nationwide test tonight (Sunday, 26 November) between 6 and 7pm. 

A spokesman for the Otago Civil Defence and Emergency Management said,

“This is an additional way to keep people safe in an emergency - the alerts are broadcast to phones in targeted areas using a dedicated channel so you don't have to subscribe to a service or download an app to receive them. Just check whether your phone is capable of receiving them and uses the updated operating system for your make and model.”

“As long as you have a reasonably modern phone and you have an updated operating system you will get the alerts. Check the link in the post to see if your phone is capable or just wait for the test. Once the test is over, we will only be using the system to alert people to serious threats to life, health or property,” the spokesman said.

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