Alerts to your mobile phone
In an emergency, you may receive an alert via your mobile phone.
WREMO will only send alerts when there is a threat to life or significant disruption, that could affect all or part of the Wellington Region.
If you feel your life is in danger, don’t wait for an official warning. Take immediate action.
If you feel an earthquake that is either longer than a minute OR strong enough that it’s hard to stand up, as soon as the shaking stops, get to high ground
Alerts can be sent using:
Emergency services, Civil Defence Groups and other approved agencies around New Zealand can also send alerts.
What to do if you get an emergency alert
When you receive an emergency alert from WREMO. Follow the advice from the alert and make sure you are safe. Then make sure your friends and family are safe by sharing the information on social media or text.
See how we will provide ongoing and up to date information in an emergency
The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) has introduced a nationwide emergency alert which can be sent to your mobile, without needing to sign up or download an app.
Not all mobile phones are capable of receiving Mobile Emergency Alerts. The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) has published a list of phones and their operating systems that are known to be capable of receiving alerts.
The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) is working with the telecommunications industry to ensure that all mobile phones sold in New Zealand will have Emergency Mobile Alerting enabled, check when you next buy a phone (be it tomorrow or in four years' time) that it can receive Emergency Mobile Alerts.
A test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system is carried out annually and a test message was issued by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management on Sunday 25 November 2018, between 6pm and 7pm.
Last year, WREMO received a number of queries relating to this national test - see the answers to the ten most common questions
You can sign up to get emergency alerts from the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) through the Red Cross Hazards App.
WREMO will only send alerts when there is a threat to life or significant disruption, that could affect all or part of the Wellington Region. Other Civil Defence Groups around New Zealand may send alerts, you will need to contact your local emergency management office to confirm whether they are also using the Red Cross Hazards App to send alerts.
Download the app
Download the relevant version of the app:
What is the app
The Red Cross Hazards App has been implemented by the New Zealand Red Cross as a platform that provides information on hazards, what to do and users can receive alerts.
The App has the option to get weather warnings from Metservice and earthquake notifications from Geonet.
You can monitor up to five locations and determine what alerts you wish to receive for each location.
You can choose whether you wish to receive these notifications for each location you monitor.