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  • 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

  • 0 Alerts Are Best When Community Sourced

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    Lert Info is about community and keeping people within those communities safer and better informed.  Although we have hundreds of official sources, the best information comes from YOU,our community. It's faster than most official sources It's incredibly accurate Can be updated in real time We can ask for information in real time during events Enables us to get accurate real time alerts to other members of the Lert community  A classic example was when a major hail storm endangered people from Timaru to Christchurch in December 2019. We issued an alert to subscribers over 30 mins before Metservice issued a severe thunderstorm warning. By getting updates from dozens of people we were then able to forewarn those in line of the storm over the whole day. We were the only service to do so. Fortunately no one was severely injured but thousands of cars needed extensive panel beating and some gutters and roofs were damaged. You can play a crucial part by contacting us on Facebook messenger or emailing info@lert.info.  We can then send alerts to subscribers. ( subscribe for free alerts.) Together we can keep each other safer.    

  • 0 Facebook Not Suited For Alerting

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    Thousands of Kiwis rely on our pushed emergency alerts every day! Why? Because they want  their families to be much safer. Push alerting has proven time and again to be the most effective way to alert you. It's immediate and reliable. These days Facebook releases posts over several hours and then the majority never see them. Our social media expert has seen Facebook posts reach fewer people over the years. Sadly, the exact same thing is happening with posts from pages for Civil Defence, NEMA, Metservice, Councils, and now groups. They are all taking a hammering, and we see that in their figures too. Most of them only reach 5%, possibly 10% of followers.  Luckily we can get up to 30%.  This following chart shows the number of people that DON'T see individual posts. How will you know you missed a post?    YOU WON'T   The following chart clarifies why a dedicated alert service is your best way to stay informed. You'll also see push alerts much sooner. No use getting an alert AFTER you needed to evacuate or shelter from a severe thunderstorm.   When people regularly said they were missing posts we decided to stop using Facebook because we had absolutely no control over alert distribution. The only way for a reliable, fast and most of all, proven alerting method is Push Alerts . We can provide email or superior Txt alerts but there is a huge trade off between the two - speed and reliability. Email is affected by worldwide security/spam measures employed these days. Lert Info is NZ's only, dedicated, alert service. It's here specifically to keep you and your family better informed and safer. No others can do what we do. We really want you to be safer, so why not join the thousands and thousands of Kiwis getting information before you.  Click Here    

  • 0 Drive to Survive

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    Driving these holidays? Stay safe, arrive alive!   Here are some tips for holiday driving   Slow: Drive within speed limits, and to conditions.  Avoid overtaking unless you're sure it's safe       Sober:   If drinking, don't drive if you're beyond the legal limit. Don't mix alcohol, with illegal drugs or medication that could affect your driving.     Sharp: Drive refreshed –  tired, ill or stressed drivers drive differently. Plan your journey so you have plenty of time, Take breaks every two hours on long journeys. Share driving. You'll appreciate the break. Have an eye test at least every two years and wear glasses or contact lenses if needed.     Silent: Phone off or on message service. Minimise any distractions such as fiddling with sat nav/GPS, or tuning the radio while driving.     Secure:   YES, Its still has to be said, belt up and insist that everyone else in the vehicle does the same, and adjust head restraints. If travelling with children, ensure you have correctly fitted, appropriate child restraints.   Happy holidays everyone   For road alerts in your area - Click Here   For either Island Road Alerts  Click Here

  • 0 Less Than A Bag Of Sweets A Month For your Safety

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    People don't believe us when we say Email is not the best for alerting. We're about keeping you saferso we don't recommend email only. For less than a bag of sweets per month, getimmediate delivery Txt Alerts. The following image clearly shows a 1hour delay for an email to get through. This is totally beyond our control.   1Hr time difference This graphic show how email actually works and why it has issues. For faster alerts Click Here      

  • 0 Text Neck

    • Health
    • by Stuart Gunn
    • 03-11-2019
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    An eye opening interview about problems associated with device use. - Text Neck     Can affect asthmatics, inhibits breathing and if not address early cannot be corrected.  www.lert.info    

  • 68 Fire Risk heightened by low humidity, wind and high temperatures

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      Fire and Emergency NZ - Otago & Southland Thursday at 09:50 ·    The Otago District, would like to advise that due to extreme fire danger and high winds from today and particularly over the weekend including Monday we ask that you DO NOT light any fires during this time. Those that have lit fires please check that they are completely out. If you have any questions please contact Otago District on 0800 673 473. Set up personal emergency alerts www.lert.info              

  • 2 Medsafe warns consumers not to consume coffee product marketed for weight loss

    • Health
    • by Stuart Gunn
    • 11-10-2019
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    11 October 2019 Valentus SlimROAST Optimum Dark Roast Coffee (presented as sachets and as a powder in a tub) has been tested by Medsafe and found to contain methylhexanamine (DMAA) and phenethylamine. Methylhexanamine is a prescription medicine and phenethylamine is a class C controlled drug.   Advice for consumers and caregivers Do not consume Valentus SlimROAST Optimum Dark Roast Coffee. If you have consumed this product and feel unwell, seek medical advice. Tell your healthcare professional that you have consumed a product containing methylhexanamine and phenethylamine. If you have purchased this product, return it to the point of sale or safely dispose of it. Information for healthcare professionals Valentus SlimROAST Optimum Dark Roast Coffee has been sold for weight loss / management and is claimed to improve mood and focus, regulate blood sugar and boost circulation.  The sachet was found to contain approximately 140mg methylhexanamine (DMAA) and 70mg phenethylamine per 3.5g serve. The tub was found to contain approximately 105 – 140mg methylhexanamine (DMAA) and 17.5 – 21mg phenethylamine per 3.5g scoop.  If a patient presents with adverse reactions that may possibly be attributable to either methylhexanamine and/or phenethylamine, then the use of the above product should be considered.  The product labels declare the presence of phenethylamine, but not methylhexanamine (DMAA). These substances have amphetamine-like characteristics and may have similar adverse reactions such as: agitation and psychological effects; cardiovascular effects such as increased heart rate and blood pressure, and neurological effects. Products affected Valentus SlimROAST Optimum Dark Roast Coffee (sachets) The products claim to assist with weight loss / management, improve mood and focus, regulate blood sugar and boost circulation. Further information Phenethylamine has mood and weight loss related therapeutic effects and is considered a controlled drug.   Methylhexanamine is known to have stimulant effects, has been associated with harm worldwide, and is banned by many sports authorities and governmental agencies. All located stock has been seized. As it is possible that other individuals or businesses may have imported these products for sale, but have not been identified by Medsafe, this warning is published to alert consumers of the dangers of these products. Click Free Alerts   To be told much sooner of any alerts for your area.    

  • 0 Roving Reporters Invaluable During Events

    • General
    • by Stuart Gunn
    • 07-10-2019
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    During the significant rain event on the West Coast, information sent to Lert Info can greatly help keep others safe. If you have flooding or hear of washouts, or developing situations, please email us details and photos. Send to Roving Reporter   Many Thanks Lert Info Team

  • 1 Don't Miss Another Lert News Story

    • General
    • by Stuart Gunn
    • 24-09-2019
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      FACEBOOK UPDATES will limit what posts you will see.  One of the Facebook changes brought in over September is now affecting Lert and all others like Civil Defence, Metservice, Councils , and local community pages. If a post has a link that takes people away from the FB page, such as to their own websites, FB will reduced the number to "fans" that are shown the post.   What does that mean for you? You will see far fewer posts and more than likely, miss important information.   Unfortunetly you will never know when a post is made and whether you missed it.   For Lert Info, some of our posts are a prelude to important developing situations that may become alerts.   To ensure you see our news posts that are relevant to your location, we can now advise you through our free email alert service.   These push notifications ensure you hear about something newsworthy for your location. If you live in Palmerston North you won't hear about something in Christchurch.  There is a mix of items from other media plus an increasing number of exclusive stories.   This example shows a Thunderstorm Outlook that looks likely to become alerts.       This was a news item advising walking tracks were closed following a scrub fire in Dunedin     Register for our free email news advisories and you'll also get our actual alerts as well - for FREE.  

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