Farm Guide VIC : 2010 - 2011
65 Farm Safety Understanding Emergency Alert Australia's national telephone warning system The community has traditionally relied on receiving emergency information through print and broadcast media and personal communication channels. The humble telephone is now another way communities may receive warning information following the development of a new system, Emergency Alert. Emergency Alert will provide official and authorised emergency wa rnings on the cu rrent situation, tell you what actions need to be taken and also give you a reference to get further information or advice. The warning system will deliver a; • voice message on landline telephones based on the physical location of that telephone • text message to mobile phones based on billing address of that mobile phone. It is important that mobile users keep their billing details up to date to ensure they receive these emergency alerts. You are not charged for the emergency war nings and you can not opt out of being sent them, even if you have an unlisted number. You will receive the alert regardless of who provides your telephone ser vice. The system, which has the capability to send 500 text messages per second a nd 1000 voice messages per minute, has quickly shown its value. As of the end of June 2010, Emergency Alert has been used 37 times across the country, sending over 258,000 messages to alert communities on incidents as diverse as bushfires, f loods, storms, tsunamis, chemical incidents and missing child emergencies. After the Victorian bushfires of February 2009, all Australian governments recognised the need to be able to quickly deliver emergency warning messages to communities using telephones. In April 2009, the Council of Australian Governments made the decision to develop a national telephone warning system. In May 2009, Victoria was asked to take the lead in the development of this system on behalf of all the States and Territories including the development and co-ordination of a national education and awareness campaign. This highly complex technology project was proc ured, tested, trialled and operational in six months through Victoria's Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner (OESC) project tea m. YOUR PHONE MAY NOW BE USED TO DELIVER EMERGENCY WARNINGS. emergencyalert.gov.au Do not call 000 (TTY 106) unless you are in critical need of emergency services (police, fre or ambulance). Do not rely on a telephone warning to act.
2009 - 2010