Residents now have the choice to “opt in” to receive disaster and emergency-related alerts through a new messaging system rolled out by Bundaberg Regional Council.
Notifications about weather warnings, emergency news and flooding can now be sent straight to phone or email to those who register through Council’s Disaster Dashboard.
The Disaster Dashboard is a one-stop-shop for emergencies, providing information on road closures, power outages and natural disasters as well as a direct feed from the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather warnings.
Other representatives within the Local Disaster Management Group, including Sunwater and Telstra, also provide information through the website.
LDMG Chair and Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said the addition of opt-in notifications meant residents could now receive vital information, anywhere and at anytime.
“Natural disasters and emergencies are often unpredictable and can leave many of those impacted feeling isolated and alone, especially if power is cut or internet access is limited,” he said.
“Receiving a text or email alert is another way of ensuring communication lines stay open and residents feel connected in what can be an uncertain time.
“Providing information directly to residents in a timely manner will hopefully assist them during a disaster, but also before and after, with emergency planning and preparedness.”
The Disaster Dashboard notification service does not replicate or replace the Emergency Alert System.
How to opt in to Disaster Dashboard alerts:
Visit Bundaberg Regional Council’s Disaster Dashboard, select Opt-In and follow the prompts to register and verify your account.
Then select which notifications you would like to receive.
Visit the Disaster Dashboard here.
If you require assistance to ‘Opt-In’ click on the Opt-In User Guide here.