Opt in for emergency messaging service ahead of wet season

Redlands Coast residents are urged to opt in for Council’s emergency notification messaging service ahead of predictions for a wetter-than-average summer.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Chair Karen Williams said the messaging service was an important part of Council’s disaster and emergency communications.

“Redlands Coast is subject to severe weather and climate events, just like any region, and it is important the community can receive alerts in time so they can prepare,” she said.

“This is essential as we head into summer, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting above average rainfall from November 2020 through to January 2021 associated with a La Nina weather pattern.

“This means there is also the increased possibility for widespread flooding.”

About 1700 people have subscribed to the service since its launch.

Residents who register receive an alert when there is potentially dangerous weather which may impact them. Weather alerts are shared via email, but other warnings are available via either email or SMS.

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 Road and Pitt Road, Wellington Point.

Cr Williams said the service offered localised information but did not replace official warnings provided by the Bureau of Meteorology or the State Disaster Coordination Centre.

“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.

“As it is an opt-in service, 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.”

To sign up, click the opt-in notifications button on Redland City’s disaster dashboard at disaster.redland.qld.gov.au

Opt-in emergency notification messaging service tips:

  • Registered users must verify their email address and mobile number before they can receive alerts.
  • For Bureau of Meteorology email weather warnings, it is recommended users select Redland City and their suburb, at minimum.
  • Users should ensure their address is correct so they receive targeted messages alerting them when their area is expected to be impacted.