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:

Council’s ‘Opt-In’ Alert Service – Council’s free emergency notification text messaging service

On 14 January 2020, the Disaster Planning & Operations Team launched the Opt-In Notification Services for residents. This is a first for the Redlands Coast, with more than 1,400 subscribers opting in following the launch.

To opt-in to the service to receive Redlands Coast’s emergency news, Bureau of Meterology (BoM) weather warning updates, and notification of road flooding at four key locations (you can select which warnings you want to receive and whether to receive them as emails, SMS or both), follow the instructions below:

    1. Go to https://disaster.redland.qld.gov.au/
    2. Click on the blue ‘Opt-In Notifications’ button
    3. Click on the ‘Register’ tab to enter your details and create a password
    4. Follow confirmation email instructions to complete the mobile verification process and select your subscription choices.

Your details are securely held and will not be shared for other purposes. This notification service is designed to complement, not replace, other emergency notification systems such as those offered by BoM and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES).

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

  1. Sends voice messages to landline telephones based on the location of the handset; and
  2. Sends text messages to mobile phones within a specific area defined by the emergency service organisation issuing the warning message.

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). SEWS is a distinctive audio signal that alerts the community to the broadcast of an urgent safety message relating to a major emergency, 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. You can also create your Bushfire Survival Plan.