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  • 0 November 2021 Newsletter

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    Since our last news letter, we have had a super busy period with  several significant floods involving evacuations, as well as strong Spring equinox winds that caused some damage. Thankfully  there was no loss of life. Can't say it's boring We have a few points to cover of so lets jump right in. Getting Lerts Twice For The Same Thing? – Here’s why People on the boundary of two alerts (usually weather) can often get each alert. One could be a weather warning the other a weather watch. Overlapping is essential to reach everyone. The overlap could be more that 25km.   Why Do I  get Lerts That Don’t Seem to Affect me? We have many thousands of people using our service. As a result, more are likely to be affected by an alert because we travel more these days. For example the Remutaka Hill gets closed - This could affect people from Masterton to Paraparaumu to Wellington and the lower Wairarapa. When we have our app, this will change significantly so we can reduce unnecessary alerting.   Exclusive and Faster Alerts We can get alerts to you within 2-3mins of getting information. If you tell us of a crash, for example, we can get an alert out to subscribers up 30mins faster than official sources because we have very different protocols.  Save our “Contact Us” page as a button on your device. Contact us link We have been trial sending a message to  people in an area for live updates, and they are proving really useful. We also think proactively, with a bit of common sense. Recently waves on the south coast of Wellington combined dangerously with wind and high tide. We issued an alert to affected subscribers 45 minutes before any authorities. If we can give you that extra time it can make a difference.      Difficulties of Weather Forecasting Multiple factors influence forecasting so we will never make bold statements like “there will be heavy snow in CHCH CBD in 10 days time”. This is not helpful to anyone, is irresponsible and really just click-bait.  People believing this may change plans unnecessarily. We have seen many long-range forecasts get it so wrong. Our approach – monitor sources and :- 5-10 Days out  - Initial heads up to subscribers that something could happen that is noteworthy. 3-5 Days out – Providing more refined information, still saying “ It’s not locked in” . Images could now be included of rain maps snow levels etc. NOTE: If initial Weather warnings from Metservice are sent at this stage, it’s never a good look for what is coming. The Canterbury floods saw actual WARNINGS  go out 3 days prior. It’s usually 1 day prior. We knew then it would be bad. 2 days out  - Models will now be aligning and we can start advising details and how many alerts we are likely to send. Prediction of 30-50 Lerts is a notable event. We predicted over 50 for the Canterbury floods and ended up with 135. The largest number for any event in our 11yrs at that stage. 1 day out - Warning Lerts will have gone out by now and will be a combination of information from Metservice, Weatherwatch, Windy.Com, BSCH maps, Earthnullschool and other sources.  We never use mainstream media media as they often exaggerate.  Impacts can also be advised like rapid river rise, slip risks, predicted road closures etc.   Do you know we have our own Meteorological Technician? His  knowledge of weather and the NZ topography is incredibly useful. With the Canterbury event, flooding had to happen because of the wind direction, mountains, drought soils and other factors. It was the perfect setup. Linking that together we Lerts about 5hours  before authorities flooding on the plains could happen    Are Your Emails Too Slow? There is a very good reason for it.  There has been a surge of  Lert Members converting to our Txt service over the last three months as they are not seeing emails for several hours.  Many people don’t read them till too late. Not good in an emergency. So why do we supply them - because we believe everyone should have access to our alerts, and email is the only free tool available. We have to buy Txts and pay staff , therefore need to charge for those. The following graph show how long it typically takes to read an email. Delay is the trade off of emails. We have no control once we send an email and why we always recommend Txt . Txts are immediate and have 99% delivery rate.  In a full on emergency like Tsunami, evacuation, fire, flooding etc, speed is critical.  Our fastest way is undeniably txt .  We can all pay $2.50 spontaneously for some sweets or $4-$5 for a coffee.  Makes $2 for your safety a pretty good purchase . To upgrade login HERE or drop us a line. We really want you to have the very best in alerting.   Tried Our Road Alert Service Yet? We own and operate New Zealand's ONLY National road alert service using Push Txt Alerts? This has been a life saver for thousands of people. They've been able to change plans, avoid delays, re-arrange their whole day, known of dangerous driving conditions and much more. The warning are immediate for crashes or days for weather events.   It's just $5 per month but could save you a delay, help you plan an alternate route ( we often supply an option)  or we could save your life. They differ from the emailed road alerts you currently may be getting, in a HUGE way. They cover each Island completely . This is perfect for high road users like commercial travellers, freight haulers, Police, Fire Ambulance and more as we are getting an increasing amount of exclusive information and can tell you sooner. Check it out at www.road.lert.info Check Facebook Time Stamps. Delay is why we don't use Facebook for alerts.  Do you know a Facebook posts can take many hours to reach you?  We surveyed followers and the results were alarming. The following graph  shows how long it took for some people to actually get their posts and is why you should rely on it exclusively.   The following table shows how many people completely miss seeing a Facebook post. You'll never know if you miss a FB post   Covid Updates If Covid pops up in your neighbourhood, this link -  Places of Interest Map will be helpful if you forget to scan into places and there is an outbreak. What is a location of interest - It is a place and time that is unique. This means a single location can be a place of interest twice or more because infected persons had been at the location at different times.  A location with two different time ranges is two locations of interest   3 Records Broken. Westport, Canterbury and Marlborough Flood Events These were without a doubt our biggest events in 11 year. In total:  225 different alerts were sent for the Westport event. Previous highest was Canterbury flooding with about  135alerts. 750,000  The total number of individual Lerts to subscribers. 10 separate evacuation alerts, 105 separate www.road.lert.info road alerts 75 weather alerts and 40 miscellaneous alerts which included 11 exclusive alerts based on subscriber contributions.  To be included in the next alert for your area, register here. That's it for now. Have a really great Xmas hopefully borders/restrictions are loosened so you're able to.    

  • 2 Lert Info July 2021 Newsletter

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      Welcome the July’s Newsletter We have a few  answers to questions so lets jump right in. Getting Lerts Twice For The Same Thing? – Here’s why People on the boundary of two alert (usually weather) will get each alert. One could be a weather warning the other a weather watch. We’re just covering all bases and overlapping by a few Km’s .   Why Do I  Get Lerts That Don’t Seem To Affect Me We have a huge number of people using our service and more people are likely to be affected by an alert. If, for example The Remutaka Hill was closed, this could affect people from Masterton to Paraparaumu to Wellington and the lower Wairarapa.   Our Alerts Often Faster Than Official Alerts. If you tell us of a crash, for example, we can get an alert out to people up 30mins faster than NZTA.  We also think proactively. With the recent Waves on the South Coast of Wellington, we used common sense – looking at tides, Swell height, wind speed, and wind direction. We decided to  issued an alert to residents 45 minutes before authorities. It's about helping people be better prepared, sooner.     Contacting Us Save our “Contact Us “ page - http://bit.ly/2DHL9Fq  on the screen of your device and when you have something to report all you need to do is tap the Icon and you should be immediately able to send a message to us. Difficulties  of Weather Forecasting Multiple factors influence forecasting and we will never make bold statements like “there will be heavy snow in CHCH CBD in 10 days time”. This is not helpful to anyone, is irresponsible and just clickbait.  People believing this may change plans unnecessarily. Our approach – monitor sources and :- 5-10 Days out  - Initial heads up to subscribers that something could happen that is  noteworthy. 3-5 Days out – Providing more refined information , still saying “ It’s not locked in” . Images could now be included of rain maps, snow levels etc. NOTE: If initial weather warning Lerts are sent at this stage, it’s never a good look for what is coming. The Canterbury floods saw actual WARNINGS  go out 3 days prior, it’s usually 1 day prior. We knew then it would be bad. 2 days out  - Models will now align and we can start advising details  and how many alerts we are likely to send. Prediction of 30-50 Lerts is a notable event. We predicted over 50 for the Canterbury floods and ended up with 103. The largest number for any event in our 11yrs, until the Westcoast floods and that was 250 alerts. We had 11 exclusive alerts no one else has as well. 1 day out - Warning Lerts will have gone out by now and will be a combination of information from Metservice, Weatherwatch, Windy.Com, BSCH maps, Earthnullschool and other sources.  We never use media information as they often exaggerate.  Our own Met Tech’s  knowledge of weather and the NZ topography is also included. Impacts can also be advised like rapid river rise, slip risks, predicted road closures etc. With the Canterbury event, flooding had to happen because of the wind direction, mountains, drought soils and other factors. It was the perfect setup . For the West Coast event we also advised people before anyone else, that there may be issues with some Canterbury rivers as Metservice was talking about 200mm of rain 20kms East of the divide. Again, common sense to advise people and they can take it or leave it. In this case the Waimakariri River rose significantly. Are Your Emails Too Slow?  Email only subscribers are still  saying their emails are arriving up to 30mins late. This is the trade off of emails versus Txt. We have no control once we send an email and why we always recommend Txt if you want the fastest delivery. Upgrade HERE  In a full on emergency like Tsunami, evacuation, fire, Flooding, speed of getting Lerts is paramount. The fastest way by far is our Txt Service. The price of $2 per month, is cheaper just one  ½  cup of coffee per month which few people think twice about.   We achieve Txt delivery to  99% of subscribers, in real time . Of the last 3000 Txt alerts we have sent, only 3 failed. Few services using Txt push alerts achieve this. Feel free to share this newsletter with others. Many people still haven't heard of us and we're here to help and save live.  www.lert.info     

  • 0 March 2021 Newsletter

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    Covid Caution The change of Covid level was a pain, we can all agree on that and a situation we could possibly have been avoided. There are conflicting stories of how communication was handled . Suffice to say, if you feel unwell with any symptoms in the attached picture, isolate and get a test just in case.   The common sense action is to isolate if you have a test, till the test results come back – end of story. Sadly common sense is tricky to find sometimes.     The Kermadec Tsunami event.  Emergency Management Minister Kiri Allen gives press conference after tsunami alert cancelled. Good Debrief Interview with Kiri Allen following Tsunami excitement. From the many media reports we read, evacuations went exceptionally well as a whole. As expected, people understandably evacuated in their cars and as a result caused traffic jams. Not a good look if you’re stuck in one and a tsunami comes.  Best to walk if you can. Wherever you are, stay aware of possible evacuation options.  Our service worked flawlessly but for one image link problem (non critical- now fixed). We have never sent so many Severe level txt alerts before. Speaking of Txts, this was the classic situation when everyone needed to be alerted immediately.  We had many people complaining they got emails up to 1 hour late.  This has absolutely nothing to do with us or our server (Amazon) but the way each and every email is processed.  Solution – get Txts Yes you could say there is the Mobile Alert Service from Civil Defence and the Red Cross Hazard App but they both had significant issues as well. Even some Tsunami sirens didn't activate.  No system is perfect and why including Lert Info makes sense. If you wish to upgrade go to  Login  and select updgrade. If you need help just drop us a line. $2 isn’t much for  far greater safety, just half a cup of coffee a month and few would think twice about that. If you wish to register for our alerts go to www.lert.info   Severe Thunderstorms Again This time Waikato , Coromandel, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay were sent High Level Txt warnings for these.  Severe thunderstorms are unpredictable and we often reference the storm cell of Timaru 2019 which caused massive damage and some injuries and wasn’t even in the forecast.   11,000 cars of were written off by golf ball sized hail.    Please tell us The Timaru thunderstorm showed why the model we use for alerting, is the essential for a top quality alert service.   Individuals reporting directly to us, enabled us warn people 20-50km  ahead of the storm . This input saw 3 high level alerts sent30minutes before Metservice said anything. They are not to blame though, as the radar image gave NO indication of the severity. We dropped them a line. Again – Txt subscribers got information much faster than email only users. You Tube We’re doing a lot more on YouTube now and if you click here you’ll go to our channel, and Welcome to our app will show how our app works. Don't forget to subscribe and hit the bell to be notified when we have another video. We will use YouTube more often so we have a more resilient communication ability.  This follows Facebook arrogantly withdrawing services to Australia. We will be able to put together information on videos and send it to you directly from our alert service. Everyone should get the info  as opposed to only 10% with Facebook and it takes hours. App Update Yes,  this is a bit of a teaser but we are really looking forward to this app.  We still have two aspects to complete but they are the two most important parts. One part is sort of working and the other  part has to be built from the ground up because others that use this ingenious technology, guard it very tightly. It could be a month or so. Then on to Beta testing. Following is how alerts will appear on your phone Green is Low level, Yellow is Medium and red is Severe. We also have orange for High.     If you're interest getting alerts  Click Here . You can try the free emails as long as you want. You will also be first in line when the app is released. Till next time, stay safe, stay prepared.  

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