Wednesday 21 November 12:00pm
Apps, alerts and some fixed sirens will be tested this weekend, as Bay of Plenty Emergency Management carries out their
second alerting test of the year.
Director Clinton Naude said the focus for Sunday evening’s test is making sure that the systems and processes in place
behind the scenes are all working as they should.
“Importantly, it also provides a valuable opportunity for the public to make sure they’re ready should an emergency
occur,” he said.
“If you have a smartphone and haven’t already downloaded the Red Cross Hazard App and set it up, I strongly recommend
you do. The app is free, and there are instructions about how to set it up so it works for you on the Red Cross website
– it’s an incredibly useful tool for keeping informed.”
The app can be set up to monitor different locations and hazard types, and users only get alerts for the locations they
“This is a great feature if you have family living in a different part of the country,” Mr Naude said. “You can set it
up to get alerts for the Bay of Plenty, and if you have family living in Canterbury you can also keep an eye on what is
This weekend’s test will occur around the same time as the Ministry for Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM)
tests its Emergency Mobile Alerts.
“Emergency Mobile Alerts are another great tool that Civil Defence can use to keep the community informed in case of
emergency, and the test of this system will be managed by MCDEM staff.”
Also being tested this weekend will be fixed sirens in the eastern Bay of Plenty (Whakatāne, Ōhope and Ōpōtiki), vehicle
mounted sirens in Tanners Point, and text alerts. The test will occur on Sunday evening.