Alert sys­tems check to­day

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

Bay of Plenty’s Civil De­fence Emer­gency Man­age­ment group is test­ing its sys­tems this morn­ing, in­clud­ing a mo­bile siren in Te Puke.

The test of text alerts, Red Cross Haz­ard App push no­ti­fi­ca­tions and fixed and ve­hi­cle mounted sirens is due to take place at 10am.

The test will not in­clude the emer­gency mo­bile alerts which are pushed to ca­pa­ble mo­bile phones. How­ever the group will also be up­dat­ing its Face­book and Twit­ter ac­counts.

Emer­gency Man­age­ment Bay of Plenty di­rec­tor Clin­ton Naude said the test was a twice yearly op­por­tu­nity for staff to check that sys­tems were work­ing, test new ones and also get the pub­lic fa­mil­iar with what to lis­ten for should a real emer­gency oc­cur.

“The pur­pose is to make sure that the group’s alert­ing meth­ods are work­ing as they should, and to iden­tify ar­eas where they can be im­proved. That’s why the emer­gency mo­bile alerts won’t be used as part of this test. The emer­gency mo­bile alert test­ing is co-or­di­nated by the Min­istry of Civil De­fence and will be tested on a dif­fer­ent date later in the year.”

Peo­ple who have signed up will re­ceive a text mes­sage or Red Cross hazards app push no­ti­fi­ca­tion let­ting them know about the test, if they have reg­is­tered for those ser­vices.

“If peo­ple would like to reg­is­ter for the text alert ser­vice they should text the code for the area they live in — TA for Tau­ranga, WB for Western Bay, KA for Kaw­erau, WH for Whakata¯ne, RO for Ro­torua or OP for¯Opo¯tiki to 2028.

“The ini­tial reg­is­tra­tion text will cost 20c but there are no on­go­ing costs.

“The Red Cross Hazards app can be down­loaded in the usual way from app stores and once on their de­vice peo­ple can set it up for the alerts they wish to re­ceive — for more in­for­ma­tion about this visit our web­site.”

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