Tune Into Warnings

Tune Into Warnings

Severe Weather Updates and Tsunami Warnings – To find out about the latest weather updates and to tune into warnings:

  1. Listen to local radio – ABC 612 AM and Bay FM 100.3.
  2. Follow rolling updates on the Redland City Council news site
  3. Follow updates from Redland City Council’s social media Twitter and Facebook
  4. Weather and warning updates:

Emergency Alert Service – Emergency Alert is the national telephone based emergency warning system that:

  1. Sends messages via landlines based on the location of the handset, and
  2. Sends messages to mobile phones in the vicinity of the disaster event.

The system provides emergency service organisations with another way to warn communities in the event of an emergency. It is important that communities do not rely on receiving a message; individuals and communities must still prepare themselves in case of an emergency. Parents who provide their children with mobile phones will need to explain to their child what to do if they receive a message. If a child receives a telephone warning when they are at school, the child must follow the emergency management arrangements currently in place at their school. Telephone based emergency warnings do not replace existing workplace emergency arrangements. Individuals must follow current emergency management arrangements in place at their workplace.  For more information on Emergency Alerts, visit www.emergencyalert.gov.au/.

Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) – When disasters loom or a major emergency happens, Queenslanders will be alerted by the sound of the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS).  Download the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (mp3 file / 69KB / 10 seconds). SEWS is a wailing siren sound used throughout Australia for various emergency events of major significance, such as cyclones, flooding and severe storms. When you hear the signal on radio or television, pay careful attention to the message that follows and act immediately on the advice given.

Bushfire Alerts – If you receive an emergency warning about a bushfire or other emergency, take notice as it could save your life. An Emergency Warning means there is a threat to lives, and protective action is required immediately. There are three types of alert messages to help you make the right safety choices:

  1. Bushfire Advice Message – a fire has started – general information to keep you up to date.
  2. Bushfire Watch and Act Message – represents a heightened level of threat. Conditions are changing, a fire is approaching; lives may come under threat.  Take appropriate action.
  3. Bushfire Emergency Warning – is the highest level message advising of impending danger.  It may be preceded with the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS).

For more information about bushfire preparedness and what to do during a bushfire, visit the Queensland Rural Fire Service website and download the Bushfire Survival Plan – PREPARE.ACT.SURVIVE.