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  • 0 Being Emergency Prepared for the Holidays

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     This excellent guide from CDEM Otago, could make getting through an emergency situation at your place much easier. It just takes a little planning. The first thing you should have is a variety of sources of information that comes to you and you don't have to waste time chasing the internet. Lert Info is New Zealand's ONLY dedicated alert service and sends over 20 different types of alerts   which makes it NZ's only complete and most advanced service . (Sends all types of alerts.) Also include the Hazard app and of course the Mobile Alert Service.  Sadly Facebook is no longer reliable for alerting. Messenger can be very useful though.  The charts show the Facebook weakness of it's delivery. There is a good chance you will miss posts. Prepare your home You can help reduce the effects of disaster on you and your property by taking the following actions:    Securing heavy items of furniture to the floor or wall Store loose items (dinnerware, crockery, and kitchenware) securely Removing or securing objects that may fall and cause damage such as wardrobes, bookcases, appliances or ornaments Store household products and chemicals safely to reduce risk of spillage Get a builder to check the structural soundness of your home If you see signs of ground movement get the grounds checked by a civil engineer When the power goes out remember - Fridge first Plan to use fresh food first then refrigerated and frozen foods. Use tinned and dry foods last Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. How do you know if it is safe to eat?  Once food reaches the temperature of 5 degrees Celsius or above for more than 2 hours it greatly increases the risk of growth by microorganisms that can cause illness.  Do not use frozen food that has thawed or refrigerated food that has warmed up.  The only exceptions to this are butter/margarine, hard cheeses, raw eggs (still in eggshells), fruit and vegetables.  The rule of thumb is “if in doubt, throw it out”.   Frozen meat and fish Still contains ice crystals.  Kept under 5 degrees C Thawed, held above 5 degrees C for over 2 hours Meat Refreeze or immediately use Throw out Chicken  Refreeze or immediately use Throw out Casseroles, stews, soups, pizza, sausage rolls Refreeze or immediately use Throw out Fish or shellfish   Refreeze or immediately use Throw out     Frozen dairy products Still contains ice crystals.  Kept under 5 degrees C Thawed, held above 5 degrees C for over 2 hours Ice cream Throw out Throw out Frozen yoghurt Throw out Throw out Milk Refreeze or immediately use Throw out     Frozen baked products Still contains ice crystals.  Kept under 5 degrees C Thawed, held above 5 degrees C for over 2 hours Bread Refreeze or use Throw out if above 10 degrees C for over 8 hours Muffins and cakes (no custard filling)   Refreeze or use Throw out if above 10 degrees C for over 8 hours Cakes, pies, pastries with custard filling, cheesecake Refreeze or immediately use Throw out     Frozen fruit and vegetables Still contains ice crystals.  Kept under 5 degrees C Thawed, held above 5 degrees C for over 2 hours Fruit Refreeze or use Refreeze.  Throw out if mould, yeasty smell or sliminess develops. Vegetables Refreeze or use Throw out if above 10 degrees C for over 8 hours   Plan for your pets Pets are members of our families too so don't forget to prepare for them. Here are some tips to ensure you'll be able to look after your pets during an emergency. Arrange for a neighbour to check on your pets in case an emergency situation occurs when you are not home Keep pet tags up to date Consider having your pets micro chipped. This will make it easier to trace them if they go missing Include your pets in your emergency plan. Basic pet supplies to keep in your Getaway Kit should include leashes, food, and safe drinking water for at least 3 days. Blankets and a carry case for each animal with your contact details attached.   www.lert.info    

  • 0 Contact tracing locations of interest: November quarantine cluster

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    Media release 08 November 2020 A number of push notifications will be sent to people who logged on with the COVID Tracer app as a new case was announced today. The alerts were sent to people that logged in at several locations of interest in Wellington and Auckland. The new case, a contact of a quarantine worker in Auckland, visited the following locations: Domestic Terminal, Auckland Airport: 5.30 – 7.45pm, 5 Nov Avis Car Rental, Auckland Airport: 5.00 – 5.15pm, 5 Nov Orleans Chicken & Waffles, Auckland Airport: 5.30 – 7pm, 5 Nov The Gypsy Moth, Auckland Airport: 7.00 – 7.15pm, 5 Nov Hudsons, Auckland Airport: 7.00 – 7.15pm, 5 Nov Little Penang, The Terrace, Wellington: 1.15 – 3.45pm, 6 Nov. The alert has advised users that they may have been in contact with COVID-19. If you begin to feel unwell, or for more information, please contact Healthline 0800 358 5453 For contact tracing purposes, anyone who attended one of the locations listed during the relevant timeframes is considered to be a COVID-19 ‘casual contact’ with a low risk of exposure. Close contacts have been contacted directly. This case once again reinforces the importance of everyone who is able to using the app to keep a record of where they have been - it allows our contact tracing team to quickly notify you if you may have been exposed to this virus, and allows you to take immediate action to protect yourself, your whanau, and your community.  www.lert.info  

  • 0 Auckland may get have more water issues over summer.

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      Auckland’s rain yesterday a ‘drop in the bucket’ (+3 Maps)   Auckland gardeners, farmers and those who rely on rain water will be happy with Tuesday's rain - but it's not enough, not even close, to end water restrictions.   Rainfall totals across the region varied from lower totals of 10 to 15mm up to more moderate 25 to 35mm.   But Auckland needs four or five times that amount just to reach normal October levels. On top of a very dry September and, apart from August, a drier than normal 2020, which came after a drier than normal 2019, the city is in a tougher than normal spot.   WeatherWatch.co.nz head weather analyst Philip Duncan says Tuesday's rainfall was great, but it isn't the end to the city's problems. "We all need to keep playing our part conserving water until we get a truly soaking rain event. Either four or five similar rain events like Tuesday, or one big low that drops over 100mm in just a few days".   "The rain yesterday will be doing some great positive things but it's just a drop in the bucket when it comes to refilling Auckland's water reserves".   Mr Duncan says while La Nina has formed, NZ is a long way from the equator and La Nina this year may not be overly powerful. "La Nina is 100% the silver lining right now for Auckland's water storage issues - but it's not the silver bullet either" says Mr Duncan. "We are definitely seeing some big rainfall totals in the tropics directly north of us, along with an uptick in sub-tropical rainmakers. But until we see the highs breaking away from northern NZ we'll remain in this protective mainly dry bubble".   Another positive is that WeatherWatch.co.nz says the high pressure belt coming out of the Aussie region has started to shift south in recent weeks - which bodes better for rainmakers coming in to northern NZ.   But October, like September, looks to be well below normal rainfall-wise for Auckland. "Based on current projections the Hunua Ranges look to have about half of their normal rainfall for October" says Duncan.     With the dry ground around there will be a growing fire risk and Lert.Info  will be here for any fire alerts    Article Courtesy of  Weatherwatch   

  • 0 Storm update #1 Sept 25th

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      Southern Ocean Storm: Deadly wind chills for newborn livestock in southern NZ next week 25/09/2020 8:26amSource Weatherwatch   Wind chills of below -10C are possible in some farming communities of the lower and alpine South Island on Monday and Tuesday as an explosive storm rapidly develops over the south Tasman Sea and then the Southern Ocean this weekend.   Monday 7am Misery Index  (Wind /Temp combo - Green Dot). Temp in CHCH is 1.5deg   Misery index for 4pm Monday at Invercargill . Temp -3.5deg  The low is expected to have central air pressure of 982hPa at noon Saturday over the south Tasman Sea, dropping to 957hPa on Sunday over the Southern Ocean and then 931hPa by Monday. On Monday the centre of this storm will likely be 1000km south east of Dunedin and peaking in power. This southern placement of the storm means that northern NZ, although windy, won’t be caught up in the main event. However the lower South Island certainly will be – and winds from straight off Antarctica will surge up the lower South Island. Head forecaster Philip Duncan says in fact wind chills halfway between Stewart Island and the Antarctic Ice shelf, over the Southern Ocean, will be -30C to -40C. “By the time those winds reach NZ it will be -2 to 10C in some exposed parts of Southland and Otago on Monday (especially overnight Monday and into Tuesday morning)” . “Wind chill below zero can kill newborn livestock, especially with hail, sleet, snow and rain showers in the mix to make the animals wet”. Comparison of last 6years related to pressure differences between Auckland and Invercargill Stay ahead of others with FREE real time alerts.  Click Here  

  • 0 Major southern ocean storm bringing gales, cold and snow

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    • by Stuart Gunn
    • 23-09-2020
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    South Islanders: Snow and wind chill alerts as spring storm dredges up Antarctic cold next Monday We’re at the end of September and well into Spring but a significant wintry blast of weather is on the way to southern NZ for the final days of September. Storm map showing size and intensity Lert Info has already issued an early heads up to farmers, in particular with new born lambs and livestock in Otago, Southland and South Canterbury. Alert sent Thursday morning The current data suggests snow flurries are expected in Gore, Lumsden, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka and potentially Dunedin . Sleet is possible in Invercargill with below zero wind chill at times. Metservice Outlook Daytime highs will range from just +2 degrees to +7 degrees across the lower South Island at the warmest point of Monday, based on Thursday's data. Wind chill will likely be in the negatives for a large portion of Monday in exposed areas of Southland. This could be deadly for newborn lambs. Misery Index for Monday 7pm - Wind plus temperature combined Tongue of cold air from Antarctica   Swells This may even be one of the lower to sea level snow events of 2020 despite us almost being in the tenth month of the year. Late snow storms in September and October do happen from time to time – Spring is all about winter slowly fading away and hints of summer slowly coming in. Register for personalized alerts We can send you real time alerts including many exclusive only to Lert Info. For this event, already 5 alerts have gone out and we expect (based on similar storms) another 30-40 alerts.  www.lert.info

  • 0 Sept 21st Fire risk areas high to extreme

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      If you're in an area of high to extreme risk, please check your local status if you need to light a fire. If you see smoke please report it especially if there are strong winds. Ph 111. Better safe than sorry. You can drill down deeper for your areas at Fire Risks    For personalized alerts for over 20 categories where your safety is compromised, go to www.lert.info     CHCH Selwyn Sth Canterbury Otago Wairarapa

  • 0 Sept 17th Fire maps for regions High to extreme

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    Latest information from FENZ on fire status in various areas. Some have gone from High to Extreme in the last week because of the winds and mild temperatures. For any emergency alerts, register at www.lert.info     OTAGO SOUTH CANTERBURY WELLINGTON WAIRARAPA HAWKES BAY BOP GISBORNE

  • 2 Alerting is about speed and reliability.

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    When it comes to personal safety and relevant information, you need and expect alerts as soon as possible, right? The ONLY effective way to get this information to you is with push alerts. The sooner you know, the sooner you can take action for you and our family's safety.   Covid alert sent Wed 26th. Speed is vital here. Most Txt users would have read this in the first 5 mins. Email users may not have read it for several hours. That could have consequences of transmission of the disease if someone is infected. From evacuations and Covid 19 alerts, poisonous food recalls and storms, Lert Info is the only service of it's kind in New Zealand There are differences though in how alerts are delivered. Currently we ONLY use email or Txt. Soon we will have an app.  The difference will be like moving from a Mini to a Rolls Royce  The following images demonstrate the differences of various delivery methods. This shows the time it takes people to open an email.   This show Facebook reach. Potential is 34,313 people. You can see clearly why we don't use Facebook,  it's very unreliable. The FB algorithm determines who sees every post. Thousands of people never see each post (red). It could be you. We use Facebook for non critical information.    Txt has an opening rate of 98% with most people opening them within 5 minutes.  Emails are free, but there is a trade off of when you will read it. We include email alerts as a social service so anyone can have access. But for just $2/mth (a bag of sweets or 1/2 a coffee) you can have the best. To register go to www.lert.info  

  • 0 Covid Update Aug 26th

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    Today sees 5 new case with 2 imported and 3 community cases. 1 is under investigation Concern surrounds people that attended the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowships Church on Stoddard Rd in Auckland where 5 people have been diagnosed with C-19. These people are linked to each other but original source is yet to be identified. It's possibly linked to the big Auckland cluster People that attended Services 8th,9th,11th August and a wedding 7th August are asked to get tested.   Video of today's  Covid update with Dr Ashley Bloomfield Average daily use of the Covid App is 1.4million over the last 7days to Aug 26th

  • 0 Covid Update August 25th

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    Today there are 7 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 to report and all are related to the cluster in Auckland. All are Auckland based. There are no new imported cases. Out of the 7 community cases, 2 are linked to a church in Auckland and 2 are household contacts. 1 previously reported case is now considered recovered, the total number of active cases in New Zealand 129 - of which 19 are imported cases in quarantine. This brings our total number confirmed cases of 1,339. We will report this to the World Health Organization. There are 8 people receiving hospital level care for COVID-19 all are part of the Auckland community cluster. There are two patients in North Shore Hospital, one is stable in isolation on a ward (connected to the community cluster), one is critical in ICU. Credit NZ Herald There are four patients with COVID-19 in Middlemore Hospital. Two are stable and each of these is in isolation on a ward. Two are in ICU and are in critical condition. These are the same four patients previously reported and are all part of the community cluster. There are now 160 people linked to the cluster, they have moved into Managed Quarantine facility in Auckland and that includes 89 people who have returned positive tests as well as household contacts. Testing Yesterday testing numbers dropped below 5,000 and DHBs are beginning to report signs of testing fatigue amongst the public. We need to continue our testing efforts and we need the cooperation of all New Zealanders in that process. Use of masks on public transport.  Making masks mandatory is based on the best evidence of medical and scientific experts. This allows us to reopen our economy a bit more while we continue to work to stamp out the virus.     There is plenty of time to prepare for this - more details to come on Thursday around the use of masks. There is a range of support within the community. We would like to acknowledge the efforts and sacrifice of all New Zealanders, and Aucklanders in particular during this time. - Unite Against Covid 19   Receive these news posts and safety alert by registering at www.lert.info

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