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  • 0 2021 Gets off to a Thunderous Start

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    Happy New Year to all our wonderful members! We've rung in another year and probably most of you will be happy to leave 2020 far behind. If you have been adversely affected by the events of 2020, we're sorry to hear that. As a nation though, we have shown the world yet again, that can we punch above our weight. Stu, one of our team, flew to Wellington for a break. He was able to run the service on IPad, laptop and phone, which is part of our regular system check. This ability gives us more flexibility and resilience. He said the only thing different about the trip were masks on the plane. NZ really is a pretty good place to call home. Thunderstorms and flooding start the year The year has started off wet and thundery with flooding at various locations.  Multiple Severe thunderstorm warnings went out.  Email-only users may have received alerts late or read them after the events had started. Sadly this is just an inherent weakness of email and is totally beyond our control.  Txt users however got alerts within 1 minute.  We saw many email only subscribers change to the $2/mth txt service once we explained the difference to them.  More user comments. Any situation: damaging thunderstorms, fires, floods and so on, can develop extremely quickly and it's here that Txts are superior for alerting you immediately. In 2020 we sent around 15 evacuation alerts. Getting these late could be life threatening. You can switch to the Premium service by logging in here .  If you need help, just contact us. We totally respect whichever service you use though, we just want to keep you safer but be aware of the differences. If you not a Lert Member and want to get our alerts click here. One of our members was extremely appreciative of our txt alert for Timaru recently:"You guys rock. Thanks for the text warning. Managed to get my car undercover. Don't need another write off. Really appreciated all you do"   App Update We are alpha testing various aspects of our app and have found a couple of things needing improvement. Next will be beta-testing.  We want you to have the best app possible. Still no date for release unfortunately. The app will set a new standard for alerting in NZ .  Members Providing Alert Information  We always welcome alert information and photos during events or if you see something. We find member information faster and often more accurate than official sources. You'll be helping other members too. Best to email us at info@lert.info if you see something. Facebook Please don't be offended if we don't reply to your comments or questions for anything we post on Facebook. It is not well designed for us to quickly reply especially when we're busy.   Coronavirus There are mutated strains appearing that are 50-70%+ more infectious than the strain we first dealt with in NZ. Please continue scanning QR codes. The QR scanning tool is different to the Bluetooth part of the app which is automatic. Contact tracing will be the first thing officials go to when there is a new community case especially if it's the new variant. Till next time, we wish you a much better year in 2021. Cheers! The Lert Info Team

  • 50 Newsletter February 2020

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    Lert Info February 2020 Newsletter Gore, Mataura and Milford Rain Event This event was well signaled by Metservice, ourselves and other sources, with expected rain amounts to be in the 300-400mm range.  Metservice had their first ever "Red Alert" and it was used wisely. When we saw it come out, we knew it wasn't going to end well. However the damage to the Milford Road caught everyone by surprise. It's unlikely the road will be open till at least Friday 14th Feb. The Southland flooding was expected and we could see the writing on the wall after taking into account the lag time for rivers to rise, and the amount of water still to come from the headwaters. We did make general comments but it was for CDEM to take the lead with announcements. They did a good job.  How did you find their Mobile Emergency Alerts. - Add a comment below.  Go Bags and Emergency Kits The Southland floods graphically showed benefits of a good push alert service, your emergency plan and preparedness. There was a 12-14 hours lead time, after the initial notice from CDEM, to be ready to evacuate the next morning. This gave people time to get things together. If it was a major earthquake however, how ready would you have been? This Link will help you get organised.   The Risk of Email Only Are you getting emails late? - Compare our time stamp and the actual time you see it the alert.  If you had to evacuate immediately, but email alerts arrived 1-2hrs after you needed to be gone, how would you be affected? The delays are nothing to do with our system, but how the world's internet setup handles bulk email. In an emergency speed is vital. During the Southland evacuations, ALL our Txt subscribers got their alerts immediately, but most email only subscribers didnt know for maybe another 30-60mins later.  This is just how email works these days because of the internet issues with scams and security issues. The solution is to upgrade to Txt. It's costs less than 1/2 a cup of coffee, or a bag of chippies per month, and alerts you almost immediately. Why Push Alerts Are Superior for Alerting Lert Info sends push alerts to keep you informed, and looks for information from hundreds of sources that you won't have access to. In the heat of the moment your will be desperate for information but probably won't have time to hunt it out?  We can bring most of it to you. Sadly, you can't rely on Facebook these days. You could miss posts from any source at any time , OR  get them very late. It's just how Facebooks sends post to you.  The following chart for the reach for each of our posts recently, tells the story. You will never know when you miss a post, whether from Lert, Civil Defence, your council or anyone else. The numbers in red are people who follow us on Facebook, that don't ever see each post.   Upgrade Now App Update We're in the testing phase of our revolutionary emergency app. How long this will take is anyones guess, but we need to get this right as people are relying on us. We will update you as and when appropriate. It will be the same price as the txt service but markedly better, like an old Mini to a new Tesla   Till next time - Stay prepared, stay safe

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