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Old 14th April 2009, 10:52 PM
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Emergency Warning Network

Seems like a reasonable idea.

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Old 14th April 2009, 11:08 PM
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Unless, like me, you don't have the radio on and can never find your mobile. Today I found I had a missed call from 3 days ago. I'd put the phone down in the garage and forgotten about it.

Oh, and I never check the answering machine at home (nor the letterbox on the street).
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Old 14th April 2009, 11:15 PM
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I found my phone the other day and the sim card has expired, thats how long its been since ive seen it. now i dont know if i can just recharge it and reactivate it or if i need a new one.

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Old 14th April 2009, 11:59 PM
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So for those who can use a mobile phone (it does work for email and landline too I think), is there any reason not to sign up for this? The privacy policy seems pretty good, no selling of personal info and so forth.
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Old 15th April 2009, 12:11 AM
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Dunno. If you were in an area where bushfires, or tsunamis, or floods occurred, maybe.

If a hailstorm came along, I don't think I'd be worried about it damaging my car.

What does it cost or what is the catch?
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Old 15th April 2009, 12:32 AM
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The SMS and email alerts at least are free. It appears to be a company offering a free service in an effort to get government support/funding rather than charging the individual.
I'll give it a shot.
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Old 15th April 2009, 08:35 AM
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I would wonder where they are getting their info from to broadcast, what they send out needs to be accurate and up to date, something that is difficult in a rapidly changing event such as a tsunami, or particularly a wildfire event, and I noticed the NSW Rural Fire Service doesn't even appear on their emergency (NSW) contacts page. so maybe they need to do a bit more research.

Flooding (as opposed to flash flood) should be reasonably easy due to the early warning, but again what is sent out can only be as good as the info being fed in.

No matter what though, engaging the population during emergencies is becoming increasingly important as they generally (around cities) need to be spoon fed.


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Why would you need to put the RFS number on there, you just call 000 don't you?
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Why would you need to put the RFS number on there, you just call 000 don't you?
Correct, although that wasn't where my comment was directed, they have a list of emergency service web sites, presumably to glean information from in times of impending emergency. With fire being pretty prevalent I thought they would have the RFS website.


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Old 16th April 2009, 09:01 PM
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I didn't read it that way at all. I read it as a contact and information list.
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