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  • 0 Covid update Thurs 13th 2pm

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      13 new community cases plus 1 in isolation.   Video Press conference Thurs 13th 1pm   Listening to the full video will help you understand how it can spread   The Covid App has been used for the first time to send alert to people. Click the provider you want, to download the app.    Google link    Apple link   Not on our alert service? Click Here  to register and we can ensure you get updates and alerts each time.    Businesses across NZ must put the Covid Tracer App QR code in all entrance ways before the 19th August to avoid penalties.    

  • 0 Rotorua COVID-19 Alert - List of places visited by infected people

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      Aug 12th 2020, 12:00 A person confirmed with COVID-19 travelled from Auckland to Rotorua last weekend and visited a number of public places in Rotorua. “If you were at one of these places at these dates and times there is a small possibility that you may have been exposed, and so you are considered to be a casual contact. It is advised that you self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19,” says Dr Neil de Wet, Medical Officer of Health for Toi Te Ora Public Health. “You can come out of self-isolation when you have a negative test but you should remain vigilant for any symptoms. If at any later stage you have symptoms that may be COVID-19 you must immediately self-isolate and get tested,” says Dr de Wet. Places visited in Rotorua Date and approximate time Wai Ora Lakeside Hotel Saturday 8th Aug from 3:30pm until Tuesday 11th Aug at 9am Herbs & Spices Thai Restaurant Saturday 8th Aug, 8:00pm-9pm Fat Dog Café Sunday 9th Aug, 1:30pm-2:30pm Pak’nSave Rotorua Sunday 9th Aug, 2:30pm- 3:00pm Rotorua Heritage Farm 3D Art Gallery Monday 10th Aug, 3:00pm – 4.30pm Skyline Rotorua Sunday 9th Aug, 4:00pm - 5:50pm Burger Fuel Redwood Centre Monday 10th Aug, 7pm-7:30pm Don Kebab Monday 10th Aug, 7pm-7:30pm There are currently no other known possible exposure events of concern in Rotorua but this list will be updated if any others are confirmed. Public health teams are also following up a boat cruise in Taupō – those on the boat cruise who may be contacts are being followed up directly. “From the information we have currently, we are not aware of any other possible exposures of concern in Taupō,” says Dr de Wet. It can take from 1 to 14 days after exposure to COVID-19 to start developing symptoms, so anyone who visited these places at these times should remain vigilant for the symptoms of COVID-19 for two weeks from when they may have been exposed. The symptoms of COVID-19 may include a cough, a fever, shortness of breath, a sore throat, runny nose and temporary loss of smell.   www.lert.info for news and alerts.

  • 0 Why Email is not suitable for Emergency Alerting

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      When we set up Lert Info, it was the NZ's very first dedicated National alert service. We wanted as many people as possible to benefit from our alerts, and the delivery options were free emails or paid Txt. With email though there is a huge tradeoff -  TIME   The above image shows what happens to email.  If a person's life is at risk as with an evacuation  (we sent 3 in 2019) time is of the essence. Getting information late could be fatal.  We use one of the most robust services - AMAZON but that still has delays up to 8hours. With the Edgecumbe evacuations the community only had about 1-2hrs to get out. All Txt subscribers got their alerts immediately. People also read Txts within 8mins but generally don't hurry to read emails. Civil Defence stopped using email but we keep it on as a social service. We often send over 100,000 alerts a day, but scam/spam measures used by servers and businesses now cause major delays, holdups and rejections. Lert Info is NZ's only dedicated Pushed Txt  Alert  provider.  Yes, it's $2 per month but isn't that worth your families safety. Register today at www.lert.info            

  • 0 Covid 19 Update 1

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    Covid 19 is insidious in it's spread and can be several generations deep before the start of the chain person is confirmed as positive. Getting tested as soon as possible once you get symptoms will be crucial for you and your contacts safety.   The person at the beginning of this chain could have been infectious for up to 10 days, meaning the transferal could be 3 layers deep. Concerns Auckland outbreak could be 'generations' deep   The Infection Chain   Symptoms    The symptoms of Covid 19 are as follows; Most common symptoms: fever dry cough tiredness   Less common symptoms: aches and pains sore throat diarrhoea conjunctivitis headache loss of taste or smell a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes   Serious symptoms: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath chest pain or pressure loss of speech or movement   Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.   People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home.   On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days   Covid Tracing Until something better comes on the market, the Covid Tracer App is a good tool in conjunction with manually recording where you have been. Click Manually Recording  for your own system. (Lert could supply something in the next month or two, but the Govt wants 1.5M distance as the maximum trigger for a contact trace. This can only be done with blue tooth. We use GPS at present and can only go to 5M.)  Below are links explaining the App and the links to the stores You Tube Explainer of Covid Tracer App Apple Store  Google Store       To stay better informed with news /alerts around Covid or more than 20 other types of alerts Click Here There is a FREE option but if you don't want delays, a $2per month Txt service which is pretty reasonable for your families safety.

  • 0 A simple measure to stay at Level 1

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    Kiwis asked to add face masks to emergency supply kits The Ministry of Health has updated its advice on the use of face masks. It is now recommending that households add sufficient masks for everybody who normally lives there, in preparation for a possible outbreak. There is currently no community transmission of Covid-19, so in the mean time there is no need for a mask to be worn in public, the health minister Chris Hipkins said. But Chris Hipkins that if our alert level rises, people will be required to wear masks in situations where social distancing isn’t possible. Bloomfield said masks are just “one tool in the toolbox” to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 being spread, if another outbreak occurs. He said adding masks to the “overall toolbox” is part of the ministry’s plan to try keep us at alert level one. Bloomfield said he’ll be featured in a new Facebook video showing people how to properly use a mask.

  • 0 Rain-soaked slips on the move in Mangamuka Gorge on SH1

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    Assessment and clearance of slips on State Highway 1 through the Mangamuka Gorge has stopped at the top of the summit because there’s still movement on the hillside after last week’s deluge of rain. The slip under the road is still moving and the road surface has dropped further since the weekend. Metservice is forecasting some showers today, but the outlook is for the weather to improve by the weekend. Friday’s deluge left eight significant slips and many smaller ones along a 12 km stretch of SH1 in the Mangamuka Gorge. Another slip appears to be forming south of the summit and the three biggest slips on the northern side are still moving, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Northland System Manager Jacqui Hori-Hoult. Road clearing crews have moved their equipment down the road away from the summit for now. “There’s a huge safety issue for our workers at the moment and we’ll just have to wait rather than compromise on that.” “We’ll also be putting up a drone so we get a view of what we can’t see from the road. There may be other slips and instability above the road in places and we need to take that into account.” “The major overslip closing the road starts well up the hillside and there are big trees left hanging where the ground has fallen away. With expected rain and high winds this could loosen up more material to fall on to the road” It’s not just the slips above the road that are still moving. Half the width of the road has slumped in one place and when compared to photos taken at the weekend, it has dropped further in the last couple of days. On the southern side of the gorge, the slips are smaller and road crews have been working to clear them. Ms Hori-Hoult says it may be possible to open the gorge to light vehicles, with the road in places reduced to one lane. “We’ll know more on that next week. The team is working hard to ensure it is safe to open the road.” For now, SH1 is closed between Victoria Valley Road and Makene Road. SH10 is the detour with motorists advised to allow an extra 20-30 minutes for their journey.

  • 0 Auckland To Get Gales on Wed 22nd July

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    • by Stuart Gunn
    • 21-07-2020
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    Please tie down Tramps and secure things the wind could move. Also clear overhanging branches from Power lines - this is what usually causes power outages during windy periods.     A surge of gales will move into Auckland on Wednesday, peaking during the middle of the day or afternoon.   TIME: Wednesday July 22. Highest risk for damaging gusts is from 9am to 7pm.    PEAK WINDS:  Winds won’t be solidly gale force during this time, but will gust into gale force in most exposed areas at some point. Generally speaking, winds look to be 40km/h to 80km/h. Peak gusts will be between 100 and 120km/h and these winds will likely be in the most exposed marine and ridge top areas to the west.   OTHER RISKS:  Sea - 8 metre waves along the west coast will increase salt spray in the air and beach erosion is also possible, building as the day goes on. Sky - Hail, isolated thunderstorms, squalls, mostly in the morning   WINDS SHORT LIVED: Like most of the recent wind events this is a relatively short surge, with the main risk covering less than half a day. Severe risks ease/clear on Thursday.   RISK: This is a Moderate risk event for power outages, hopefully not too widespread being peak winter with leaves off trees and winds only just breaking into gale at times. People should prepare for possible power outages on Wednesday.   Source Weatherwatch   To get these new releases why not sign up for free alerts . 

  • 0 Up To 10M Waves To Hit North Is West Coast, North of Raglan

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    • by Stuart Gunn
    • 20-07-2020
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    The western upper North Island is in for a windy Wednesday with potentially damaging storm surge spreading up the west coast across the day. Winds will ramp up during daylight hours with gales in coastal areas gusting over 100km/h in some exposed areas. This increases the risks of trees and branches down and therefore power outages possible. On top of the surge of westerly wind, a significant coastal storm surge will spread up the western side with wave heights expected to reach 9 metres, maybe higher. Most exposed looks to be from about Raglan to Port Waikato to Auckland, then spreading further up into Northland’s western side. “These are exceptionally large waves and people should avoid being too near the water” says head forecaster Philip Duncan. “It’s also another example of why Manukau Harbour is such a dangerous harbour entrance, with the possibility of 8 metre waves around the Manukau Heads on Wednesday PM”. Winds and dangerous seas will ease slowly across Thursday and Friday. Remember to sign up for your Free email alerts if you haven't already

  • 0 Rain Causes Havoc

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    • by Stuart Gunn
    • 17-07-2020
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    Considerable rain fell in Northland yesterday and has caused a lot of flooding and slips. Welfare centres were opened in Whangarei. It's still advised only travel if necessary in Northland We sent around 20 alerts for these three areas over a 3hr periods and was on of the most intense periods we have ever experienced  Register for FREE alerts here   Maps of roads affected  for all areas Water supply worries after heavy rain floods Northland, with Gisborne area also hit hard Riverside Whangarei   Rain heading to Auckland with good amounts possible for storage dams.  No alerts out for this. Te Puia Springs area Gisborne North alerts around 10pm Friday Live alerts as at 09:30 Sat 18th   STUFF - Weather: Thunderstorms, torrential rain causes flooding across Northland and Gisborne  Multiple roads in Northland , Waikato and Gisborne closed      

  • 0 We still need to contact trace.

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    It's FANTASTIC news that we have zero active cases of Covid 19 in beautiful New Zealand.  However we can't afford to let up completely on being vigilant.   As has been seen other countries you can get spikes. Just compare NZ and American graphs of new cases each day. (John Hopkins University) Below - USA daily new cases Below - NZ Daily New Cases There could be people in New Zealand right now who are asymptomatic (Show no symptoms). These people will circulate as per usual and if infectious, will pass it to someone else. Until someone is diagnosed with Covid we won't know. If you feel unwell - sniffles, cough, loss of taste or other symptoms of Covid, stay home and arrange to see your  doc.  Over the Covid Pandemic Lert Info sent hundreds of Lerts, and kept thousands of people safer with much earlier notice on stuff that could ruin their day. If you too, want to know sooner, register for alerts today.      

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