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Residents encouraged to sign up for storm alert service

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Residents encouraged to sign up for storm alert service
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is encouraging residents to sign up to Council’s free Early Warning Alert Service as the first major storms of spring and summer arrive.

The alerts allow residents to be contacted by SMS, email or recorded telephone message when a severe weather event is forecast, allowing residents to make preparations to protect their homes and assets.

The Lord Mayor said it was important to be prepared for storms as early as possible to minimise the impacts of a disaster.

“The first lightning of spring has already hit and weather experts have predicted wild weather following an extended dry spell throughout winter,” Cr Quirk said.

“The Early Warning Alert Service is an ideal way for residents to both stay abreast of fast moving weather systems and make advanced preparations where a storm can be predicted ahead of time.

“A series of videos demonstrating practical storm preparation techniques was recently released by Council and we encourage residents to view them via our website to fully educate themselves.”

The alert service is provided by Council and the Early Warning Network, who use a number of external resources including the Bureau of Meteorology to forecast, analyse and monitor potentially dangerous weather systems.

Cr Quirk said the service was location-based, meaning residents would not be sent irrelevant forecasts.

“You only receive warnings if your residential address might be impacted,” he said.

“So far, more than 78,000 residents have signed up for the service and we hope thousands more will join them in the coming months.”

To register for the Early Warning Alert Service and view the terms and conditions, visit or call Council on 3403 8888 to receive a registration pack. Registration is restricted to one resident per household.
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