In 2015 we introduced a system where we could alert the public to a Civil Defence emergency. We engaged a text provider so people could subscribe to get emergency text alerts from us. Around 8500 people signed up to receive them. In that time we have sent out 10 text alerts, 7 times for weather warnings and 3 times around tsunami messaging, generally to say there was no threat.
Last year the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management started providing a national warning system that also sends messages to cell phones. Emergency Management Southland can also utilise this service at a local level. This system has a number of benefits on the old system;
Our current text alert provider is changing systems and instead of migrating to that we are going to close our account this month in favour of the National system.
We will send out a final text to all subscribers to advise them that the service has been replaced by the national system in late September. There have also been Social Media and radio broadcasts highlighting the transition to the Emergency Mobile Alerting platform.
Alpine Fault so seriously and help people understand how they can be prepared for the disruption to normal life that a severe earthquake will cause.