MO­BILE ALERT SYS­TEM

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New Zealan­ders are set to start re­ceiv­ing emer­gency alerts to their mo­bile phones, warn­ing them that their life, prop­erty or health is in se­ri­ous dan­ger. Min­is­ter of Civil De­fence Kris Faafoi said im­ple­men­ta­tion would start with a live na­tion­wide test of Emer­gency Mo­bile Alerts on 26 Novem­ber. The Min­istry of Civil De­fence and Emer­gency Man­age­ment (MCDEM) is lead­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new emer­gency alert chan­nel. A na­tion­wide multi-me­dia cam­paign has started, let­ting peo­ple know about the alerts and how to check whether their phones will re­ceive them. The alerts are sent us­ing cell broad­cast tech­nol­ogy, so there is no need to sign up or down­load an app. It is ex­pected that around one third of phones will im­me­di­ately be able to re­ceive alerts but this will rise over time. You can check whether your phone can re­ceive the alert at civilde­fence.govt.nz. Emer­gency Mo­bile Alert mes­sages can only be sent by the Min­istry of Civil De­fence & Emer­gency Man­age­ment, Civil De­fence Emer­gency Man­age­ment Groups, NZ Po­lice, Fire and Emer­gency, the Min­istry of Health and the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries.

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