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  • 0 Evacuate or Isolate, It's a No Brainer.

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    There is only one decision when you need to evacuate because of tsunami, but you have Covid or you're isolating because of exposure.  You Still Evacuate! (Advice from CDEM)

  • 0 Westland Rain Event Nov 26th- Nov 28th

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    As you are most likely aware there is a Rain deluge coming to Westland. Weatherwatch  advise it won’t be like the Westport situation but it will still cause issues of flooding, rapid river rise, slips and even fallen trees across roads This NIWA River photo shows levels getting to extreme.  Lake Tekapo is being spilled in anticipation of rain associated  with this event and a Lert has gone to subscribers likely to be affected. We have already sent 16 alerts  for this event and based on past events expect to send another 40 or so.  You can get them as well but you need to register at  www.lert.info. There are  FREE  or paid options Many alerts are exclusive - 2 already for road conditions as we can contact people in the area and ask for live update. This has worked very successfully in the past. We're just here to help keep people safer using advanced free/paid push alert technology.

  • 0 Toxic Algae Ohau Channel, the channel that links Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotorua

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    A health warning has been issued today for Ohau Channel, the channel that links Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotorua. Routine water test results provided by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council have confirmed the presence of blue-green algal blooms which are potentially toxic. “The health warning means that people should avoid any activity which results in contact with the water in the channel,” says Dr Phil Shoemack, Medical Officer of Health for Toi Te Ora Public Health. Contact with water affected by blooms of blue-green algae can cause asthma and hayfever attacks in some individuals. Contact with the blue-green algae can also cause skin rashes, stomach upsets, and in some cases neurological effects such as tingling around the mouth, headaches, breathing difficulties and visual problems. Signage will be erected at the Ohau Channel advising potential channel users about the algal bloom. As we head into summer, Dr Shoemack advises the public to keep an eye out for signs of algal blooms if using lakes in our region. “Algal blooms can develop rapidly and unpredictably and can sometimes produce toxins that are harmful for people as well as animals. If the water looks discoloured, has an unusual smell, or has green or brown particles floating in it then it is best to avoid contact with it.” Up-to-date information on health warnings for the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts is available through these channels: Phone: 0800 221 555 Website: toiteora.govt.nz More information: toiteora.govt.nz/public/recreational-water Facebook: facebook.com/toiteora Twitter: twitter.com/toiteora Instagram: instagram.com/toiteora Email alerts for subscribers: toiteora.govt.nz/news/   FREE EMERGENCY ALERTS - WWW.LERT.INFO

  • 0 Traffic Light System Explained

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      The new Traffic Light System that replaces the Alerts levels, kicks in on Dec 2nd   Key dates 17 November – My Vaccine Pass is made available to the public. 29 November – Cabinet will confirm the decision to move Auckland and the rest of New Zealand into the new traffic light system. 2 December - At 11:59pm, all of New Zealand will move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework. Auckland will move to Red. Settings for the rest of New Zealand are yet to be decided on. 15 December – People travelling out of Auckland will need to be fully vaccinated, or have a negative test 72 hours prior to departure, to leave Auckland and visit other parts of the country. This requirement will remain in place during the core summer period, until 17 January 2022. In the coming weeks, the Government will also announce further information about how testing, contact tracing, care in the community and social support will be provided for those who get COVID-19. Detailed individual sector guidance for the new traffic light system will also be released.    About the new framework Elimination and the alert levels have served New Zealand well. They delivered the lowest number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths in the OECD, gave us sustained periods of days without restrictions and a strong economy that sees GDP rising and unemployment falling to historic low levels. But it was never intended as a forever strategy. We now have the unique advantage of moving to the next phase of managing COVID-19 in our community with a highly vaccinated population.  The COVID-19 Protection Framework brings us a world where we are freer to move and live with less disruption and offers the stability businesses need to plan for the future. It introduces a new traffic light system to manage COVID-19 in the community: Green Orange Red The framework is more flexible than the current Alert Level system because we know that businesses that only open to vaccinated customers pose a lower risk. We can move up levels when needed to control an outbreak. COVID-19 Protection Framework [PDF, 84 KB] COVID-19 Protection Framework — Large Print [DOCX, 546 KB] COVID-19 Protection Framework — Audio [MP3, 15 MB] COVID-19 Protection Framework — Easy Read [PDF, 3.6 MB]   Full Details are HERE   Source - Unite against Covid 19 For FREE alerts advising of outbreaks and sudden clusters of "Places of Interest" register at www.lert.info

  • 0 Heavy Rain And Snow On The Way. Warnings Likely

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    Weather update from Weatherwatch.   New Zealand’s weather is returning to the more classic variety with a couple of cold fronts on the way later this week and weekend and the usual windy and mild west to north west winds giving way to colder sou’westers. Rain will be heavy at times on the West Coast with rain warning potential possible – but the rain will be falling in the places it usually falls, like Fiordland and South Westland in particular. Eastern and northern parts of NZ don’t look as wet with low accumulation over the coming days. Snow will be heavy as well, especially this weekend as the colder of the two fronts moves through. This may dump 50 to 70cm of snow on the Southern Alps in some locations and the alpine highways may have some disruptions. There may also be another period of lighter snow into the North Island’s Central Plateau this weekend (Desert Road/SH1 and maybe Napier-Taupo Highway/SH5 could be impacted for a time). Check the hyper-local WeatherWatch.co.nz or RuralWeather.co.nz to drill down deeper.   Not registered for our Lert yet?   If you want to be far better informed, one of our alert options may help. All EMERGENCY AND SAFETY ALERTS - www.lert.info Now time TXT ROAD ALERTS - bit.ly/2G4F8DJ Group MASS MESSAGING - bit.ly/2zvmxjN

  • 0 Snow Models Much Closer Now

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    Until now (Thurs 7pm) the snow models have had a considerable difference. One had 20cm for CHCH airport and the other just flurries. GFS and ECMWF now have very similar isobar maps, although snow amounts still vary. This will still change a bit but it's looking pretty certain many areas will get to see some white stuff. The Metservice Outlook is the first sign of staring to lock things in. The following two maps are for Sunday 7pm from two models available to us and show the alignment we were waiting for. ECMWF Model GFS Model Now we wait for the amounts, levels and locations.  Because of this we still anticipate 30 Lerts. We're now up to 2 counting this one as we include news posts. If you're new to Lert Info, in a nutshell, it's New Zealand's ONLY dedicated emergency alert service for anything that can cause you harm or ruin you day like road closures. Check out our service at www.lert.info and if you travel significantly and could do with a Txt alerts for any road events, Road Lert Info is another service we have. Again it's New Zealand's ONLY such national service.    

  • 0 Incoming Snow to Affect Many Locations

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    A snow event is looking likely for this Sunday and Monday to lower levels in the South Island and reaching up into the Central Plateau of the North Island The following video shows the extent and cumulative amounts. Additionally there will be strong winds that will create a cold wind chill so if you have new born stock you may want to arrange shelter. If you feel the cold, so will they. We expect to send about 30plus Lerts for this. Many areas could be impacted looking at current maps. Mountain passes will be affected as well.  We see here that Invercargill is a chilly 2 deg on Monday morning. Blue areas will be zero degrees. We will send alerts for this starting Friday most likely. If you want these exclusive alerts you will need to register at www.lert.info Our first wind chill Lert is already out. For TXT road Lerts check out here

  • 0 Buller Community Hub Established

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    Community Hub established A one-stop shop for flooding concerns will open this afternoon from 1pm to give residents a place to register their needs and get information. The Buller Community Hub will be based at the NBS Theatre, Westport, from 9am to 4pm daily through to Sunday 25 July. Various agencies will be available to assist resident affected by flooding. Agencies will include: Buller District Council Homebuilders Age Concern Public Health Red Cross   It is expected Kainga Ora, Ministry of Social Development, Animal Welfare, and other local community agencies will be available later in the week.   If necessary, residents will be taken through a needs assessment to work out what help and information they might require for both the short and long-term.   The Community Hub will have the latest public information on the flooding emergency. The hub is being coordinated by Maegan Bird from Homebuilders Trust. She says residents are welcome to turn up for a “cuppa and a chat”.

  • 0 Roads Still Closed Following Deluge

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    SOUTH ISLAND - SEVERE WEATHER - UPDATE 8:30AM, MON 19 JUL Contractors have advised that SH65 is going to remain CLOSED until tomorrow, Tuesday 20 July, morning. The SH6 Westport to Murchison and SH63 Renwick to Tophouse sections also remain CLOSED with updates not expected until Monday afternoon.     CLOSED • SH6 Inangahua to Westport - High river levels • SH6 Murchsion to Inangahua - Flooding • SH63 Renwick to Tophouse - Flooding • SH65 O`Sullivans Bridge to Spring Junction - Flooding and slips OPEN WITH CAUTION • SH7 Kaiata to Greymouth - Slip - STOP/GO   For Txt road alerts go HERE   FREE emergency alerts HERE   For further updates please check our interactive Traffic Info Map journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic and by visiting MetService metservice.com/warnings/road-snowfall-warnings.

  • 0 Another Cold Period To bring Medium Level Snow

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        Another blast of cold air (not as cold as the last) will bring snow to about 500M in some places and may affect some mountain passes. Winter sure has arrived and this will be the 2nd snow event of note this winter. Please make sure your car is properly operational and you have survival kit in the car if you go travelling. Do you know we have NZ's only national Txt Road alert Service? Check it out at  ROAD ALERTS       Initial alerts will start Monday morning, and we can keep you better informed. If you're not already a member of the Lert Info community, you can subscribe for free HERE   

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