Alert systems check today
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.”