Emergency alert coming to a phone near you

ALERT: A nationwide mobile emergency test alert will take place on Sunday evening. Tairawhiti Civil Defence emergency manager Louise Bennett, pictured, said the new system will send a message accompanied by a piercing noise in a emergency when life, health and property is in danger. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

EXPECT an emergency alert on your cellphone this Sunday but don’t be alarmed, is the message from the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM).

People who have cellphones capable of receiving the emergency mobile alert should receive a test alert between six and seven in the evening as MCDEM roll out a new emergency mobile alert system.

Gisborne and the East Coast are at risk from emergencies such as earthquakes and tsunamis but some situations will not provide enough time to send out a warning or there may be no cellphone coverage in some of our areas says Tairawhiti Civil Defence emergency manager Louise Bennett.

“This is just one of the tools in our tool box but people need to know if they live in a tsunami evacuation area the long or strong be gone message. The Gisborne District Council website has an interactive map for people to look at where they live in relation to these evacuation areas or they can get copies of maps from the council in Gladstone Road.”

Emergency Mobile Alert messages can be sent only by MCDEM, Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups (including Tairawhiti CDEM), Police, Fire and Emergency, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry for Primary Industries. The alerts will be sent out only if life, health or property is in danger.

If your phone is capable of receiving emergency mobile alerts, the alert will appear automatically on your phone with a unique warning sound, you won’t be able to opt out of receiving it.

It is predicted one third of all phones will initially receive the alerts but this number is expected to rise over time as people update and replace their phones. People can check whether their specific phone will receive the alert and find out more at civildefence.govt.nz


EXPECT an emergency alert on your cellphone this Sunday but don’t be alarmed, is the message from the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM).

People who have cellphones capable of receiving the emergency mobile alert should receive a test alert between six and seven in the evening as MCDEM roll out a new emergency mobile alert system.

Gisborne and the East Coast are at risk from emergencies such as earthquakes and tsunamis but some situations will not provide enough time to send out a warning or there may be no cellphone coverage in some of our areas says Tairawhiti Civil Defence emergency manager Louise Bennett.

“This is just one of the tools in our tool box but people need to know if they live in a tsunami evacuation area the long or strong be gone message. The Gisborne District Council website has an interactive map for people to look at where they live in relation to these evacuation areas or they can get copies of maps from the council in Gladstone Road.”

Emergency Mobile Alert messages can be sent only by MCDEM, Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups (including Tairawhiti CDEM), Police, Fire and Emergency, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry for Primary Industries. The alerts will be sent out only if life, health or property is in danger.

If your phone is capable of receiving emergency mobile alerts, the alert will appear automatically on your phone with a unique warning sound, you won’t be able to opt out of receiving it.

It is predicted one third of all phones will initially receive the alerts but this number is expected to rise over time as people update and replace their phones. People can check whether their specific phone will receive the alert and find out more at civildefence.govt.nz


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