Get alerts to your smartphone

Alerts to your smartphone

The Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (Northland CDEM) recommends that people take a ‘toolbox’ approach to alerts and warnings, and make maximum use of the available options.

The Group uses two different platforms to send alerts direct to smartphones: Emergency Mobile Alerts and the Red Cross Hazard app. Both options are free to users (although smartphones need to be of a certain capability to be able to receive them). We recommend that if possible, people take advantage of both (along with other information sources, such as social media -  Civil Defence Northland Facebook page, radio and TV).

The Hazard App can be downloaded from Google Play (for Android phones) or the Apple iTunes/App Stores (for iPhones).

Emergency Mobile Alerts do not require any downloads but you do need to ensure that your phone is capable and updated - go to to check if your phone is capable of receiving Emergency Mobile Alerts.

Emergency Mobile Alerts

An overview of the system, FAQs and a list of phones that are capable of receiving Emergency Mobile Alerts are all available on the website

Red Cross Hazard App 'how to' information

Modify settings

Learn how to modify the settings on the Hazard App, so you can receive the right alerts for emergencies and disasters. View the instructional video below produced by the New Zealand Red Cross via their YouTube channel.