Redland City Council launches emergency notification system to keep locals in the loop at times of crisis
INFORMATION during emergencies is only a click away thanks to a new council text message service.
Redland City Council is asking residents to sign up for the new emergency notification text messaging service that will provide subscribers with emergency news, weather warnings and notifications about road flooding at four key locations.
Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Chair Karen Williams said the opt-in mobile phone text alert and email service was an important part of the council’s disaster and emergency communications.
“Like any region, Redlands Coast is subject to severe weather and climate events and it is important the community can be alerted in time to be prepared,” she said.
“Once registered to the alert notification message service, residents will receive a text message and/or email advising of potentially dangerous weather and bushfires in their local area.
“Residents can also sign up to flooded road notifications for Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point; Avalon R, Sheldon; Moores Rd, Redland Bay; and the corner of Nelson and Pitt roads Wellington Point.”
Cr Williams stressed the service did not duplicate or replace official warnings provided by the Bureau of Meteorology or the State Disaster Coordination Centre.
“This service offers more localised information,” she said.
“Our message system complements messages issued by the state agencies and lets residents know, via local flooded road gauges, which of the above roads are flooded.
“It is important that residents subscribe to the service, as it is an opt-in service, meaning alerts will be sent only to those people who register to receive them.
“Residents can select which warnings they want to receive and whether they wish to receive the messages via email or SMS or both, with all information provided free of charge to subscribers.”
The easiest way to sign up is by clicking the opt-in notifications button on Redland City’s disaster dashboard – disaster.redland.qld.gov.au
She said all data provided by residents was securely stored and not used for any other council or marketing purposes.