Residents encouraged to register for early warning alerts

GLADSTONE Regional Council has launched a free early warning weather system to alert people to the danger of damaging storms, floods and other serious events such as bush fires.

The Gladstone Region Early Warning Network Alert Service is available via the council's website.

Residents who register for the free service receive warnings via SMS to mobiles, email, voicemail to landlines and web alerts that relate specifically to their registered location.

Mayor Gail Sellers said the service was one of several initiatives by the council designed to improve community safety by providing advanced warning of adverse weather or potential threats, such as flash flooding, hail, damaging winds, cyclones and bushfires.

"It should be used in conjunction with other information gathering methods, as recommended by Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ)," Cr Sellers said.

"This system is managed 24 hours a day by experts using information from sources such as the Bureau of Meteorology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service."

Facts

  • EWN provides emergency alerts for severe thunderstorms, hail, bushfires, floods, tropical cyclones, tsunamis, heavy rainfall, damaging winds and other threats.
  • Early Warning Network (EWN) has been used successfully throughout Australia for several years.
  • EWN monitors and tracks potentially dangers weather systems and uses the network to alert people directly in the path of an event.
  • EWN alerts are based on a registered recipient's physical location.
  • The EWN differs from the Federal emergency alert service used in some of the nation's worst bush fires. It addresses localised weather events and enables people to opt-in and receive alerts based on where they live, while providing information about the specific areas they request.
  • There is a limit of one free registration per household.
  • To register, fill out a form online or phone (07) 4970 700 for assistance.

Other initiatives

Cr Sellers said complementing the EWN were initiatives by the council, including:

  • The installation of flood gauge stations on the Baffle Creek and Boyne River systems (with support from the Federal and State Government) so residents can view water levels via the Bureau of Meteorology website (via 'Qld' - 'Rainfall & River Conditions' - 'Mackay to Maryborough' - 'Fitzroy River' links);
  • A project currently under way to install Electronic Flood Warning signage south of Miriam Vale on Tableland Road and Round Hill Road, just south of Rocky Crossing;
  • A Disaster Hub and Road Condition Reports available at Council's website; and
  • Preparedness and disaster management information, including flood maps, brochures, flood levels and an Emergency Action Guide, available for download or viewing at the council's website.


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