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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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