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Text Alerting Update

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;

  • There is no need to subscribe
  • It is based on an international system that will also alert tourists in NZ.
  • All of the NZ emergency services have access to the same system
  • We can also minimise the area where an alert is sent out by targeting specific cell phone tower sites (currently all subscribers get the alert that might be for a specific town or area.)
  • The Emergency Mobile Alert system will alert you even if your phone is muted.
  • If you are travelling around NZ you can receive alerts from the Emergency Services for the specific area you are in not just Southland.

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.

There have been Social Media and radio broadcasts highlighting the transition to the Emergency Mobile Alerting platform.

Alpine Fault videos
Project AF8 has released four short videos (around 2 minutes each) to explain why we are taking the

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.

There is also a longer series of videos, featuring some of the leading scientists who have been involved in Project AF8, talking about the science behind Project AF8.

See projectaf8.co.nz or our YouTube channel for more info.

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Text Alerting Update

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;

  • There is no need to subscribe
  • It is based on an international system that will also alert tourists in NZ.
  • All of the NZ emergency services have access to the same system
  • We can also minimise the area where an alert is sent out by targeting specific cell phone tower sites (currently all subscribers get the alert that might be for a specific town or area.)
  • The Emergency Mobile Alert system will alert you even if your phone is muted.
  • If you are travelling around NZ you can receive alerts from the Emergency Services for the specific area you are in not just Southland.

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.

There have been Social Media and radio broadcasts highlighting the transition to the Emergency Mobile Alerting platform.

Alpine Fault videos
Project AF8 has released four short videos (around 2 minutes each) to explain why we are taking the

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.

There is also a longer series of videos, featuring some of the leading scientists who have been involved in Project AF8, talking about the science behind Project AF8.

See projectaf8.co.nz or our YouTube channel for more info.

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