Up­gradeUpg to the new VicEmer­gency app to­day

Mansfield Courier - - 2016 MANSFIELD SHOW -

WITH warmer weather dry­ing the coun­try­side, now is the time to down­load the new VicEmer­gency app and get ready for the sum­mer sea­son.

The VicEmer­gency app re­places the FireReady app, which was switched off last Fri­day, and is now avail­able to down­load from the App Store or Google Play.

The new VicEmer­gency app pro­vides Vic­to­ri­ans with ac­cess to warn­ings and in­ci­dents for fires, floods, storms, earth­quake, tsunamis and wa­ter safety, and will work along­side the new VicEmer­gency hot­line and up­graded VicEmer­gency web­site this sum­mer.

VicEmer­gency app al­lows users to cre­ate a pro­file and set up watch zones to en­able ac­cess to tai­lored in­for­ma­tion across mul­ti­ple de­vices in­clud­ing mo­bile phones, tablets and the VicEmer­gency web­site. New fea­tures in­clude:

in­ci­dent and warn­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions for all emer­gen­cies;

user pro­file that en­ables si­mul­ta­ne­ous ac­cess to watch zones and emer­gency no­ti­fi­ca­tions across mul­ti­ple de­vices;

cre­ation of up to 20 watch zones;

abil­ity to edit watch zones and turn no­ti­fi­ca­tions on and off;

screen view ro­ta­tion to view the in­ci­dent map hor­i­zon­tally;

re­spon­sive de­sign for iPads and tablet de­vices.

Emer­gency ser­vices com­mis­sioner Craig Lap­s­ley said a new VicEmer­gency hot­line would also be used to make it eas­ier for the com­mu­nity to ac­cess emer­gency in­for­ma­tion through one num­ber.

The VicEmer­gency hot­line 1800 226 226 brings to­gether all emer­gency num­bers in­clud­ing the Vic­to­rian Bush­fire In­for­ma­tion Line, the Vic­to­rian Emer­gency Re­lief In­for­ma­tion Line and the VICSES Flood and Storm In­for­ma­tion Line.

The VicEmer­gency web­site, app and hot­line brings to­gether in­for­ma­tion and warn­ings from mul­ti­ple agen­cies in­clud­ing the CFA, SES and DELWP.

Emer­gency in­for­ma­tion can be ob­tained from a num­ber of sources in­clud­ing the VicEmer­gency app, www. emer­gency.vic.gov.au, tun­ing in to ABC ra­dio or other emer­gency broad­cast­ers in­clud­ing com­mu­nity ra­dio Mans­field 99.7, Sky TV or by phon­ing the VicEmer­gency hot­line on 1800 226 226 and fol­low­ing VicEmer­gency on Face­book and Twit­ter.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/ news/new-vicemer­gency-ap­plaunched.

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