Redland City Council is urging residents to opt in for its new emergency notification text messaging service that will provide subscribers with emergency news, weather warning updates and notification of 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/or email service was an important part of 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 Road, Sheldon; Moores Road, 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.”
All data provided by residents is securely stored and not used for any other Council or marketing purposes.