Emergency Mobile Alerts

Getting real-time information to people in a timely manner during a Civil Defence emergency is critical.

EMA Test Message - 25th November 2018

The next EMA test message will be happening on the 25th of November between 6pm and 7pm. Read more about it here.(external link)


The Emergency Mobile Alert (EMA) is a brand new system in New Zealand enables us to send out emergency alerts to the public to warn them of real and impending danger when possible. 

When needed, and only when a real danger is present, EMAs will be sent to phones in targeted areas. If you phone is on, capable and inside the targeted area, you should get the alert. 

If you get an alert, read the message and take it seriously. Follow any and all instructions on the message. We don't send out messages unless the area you are in is in real danger so don't delay. 

Not all phones are currently capable but eventually all phones sold in New Zealand will be able to recieve the alerts. You can go here(external link) to see if your phone is one of the many that can currently recieve alerts. 

If your phone isn't capable currently  we have other ways to alert you to danger. We recommend downloading the Red Cross Hazard App (avaliable on both Android and Apple) - we send the same message to this app when we issue an EMA. 

If you have any questions about this new alerting system, you can read more about it here(external link)