Civil de­fence launches smart­phone alert app

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Smart­phones might just save your life.

This week Auck­land Civil De­fence launched a free app that will alert peo­ple to im­pend­ing nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, such as tsunamis and cy­clones, and keep them in­formed fol­low­ing ma­jor dis­rup­tions.

The app can be em­ployed on all smart­phones, which are used by an es­ti­mated half a mil­lion Auck­lan­ders.

By syn­chro­nis­ing with the Auck­land Civil De­fence web­site, the app will also keep Auck­lan­ders up to date on in­ci­dents such as road clo­sures, floods, slips and se­vere wind warn­ings.

‘‘With so many Auck- lan­ders us­ing smart­phone de­vices, it made sense that any new warn­ing sys­tem needed to em­brace new tech­nol­ogy,’’ Auck­land coun­cil­lor Michael Goudie, chair­man of the Auck­land Civil De­fence Com­mit­tee, says.

Mr Goudie says with half the pop­u­la­tion ac­tive on Face­book, Auck­lan­ders should also take re­spon­si­bil­ity in ‘‘times of emer­gency’’ to en­sure their friends and fam­ily stayed in­formed.

Civil De­fence con­troller Clive Man­ley says: ‘‘Ra­dio and tele­vi­sion will continue to play a vi­tal role in dis­sem­i­nat­ing pub­lic alerts, but now we have added the hugely sig­nif­i­cant chan­nel of per­son- alised and im­me­di­ate alerts to all those Auck­lan­ders with smart­phones.’’

The launch comes ahead of the New Zealand Shake­Out na­tional earth­quake drill on Septem­ber 26.

The Auck­land Civil De­fence app can be down­loaded from a va­ri­ety of sources.

iPhone users can down­load it from the Ap­ple App Store by search­ing for ‘‘Auck­land Civil De­fence’’, while An­droid users can down­load it from Google Play’s An­droid app store.

More in­for­ma­tion on the alert sys­tem is avail­able at auck­land­civilde­fence.org.nz.

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