03 December 2009

[rfs-bluemountains-information] Public trial of telephone Emergency Warning System - Lapstone.

Good morning All,
The NSW Government will on Saturday 5 December 2009 commence a trial of the new telephone based 'Emergency Warning System'. One of the first areas being trialled will be Lapstone. Variable Message Boards will be set up on Explorers Road and Governors Drive (M4 end) to advise residents of the trial. An additional sign will be set up at Lapstone Railway Station. Further details of the trial are attached and available from the EmergencyNSW website www.emergency.nsw.gov.au .
The following information is taken from the EmergencyNSW website.
Emergency Alert: Public trial of the telephone emergency warning system
2nd December 2009

NSW has been working with the Australian Government and other States and Territories in the development of the national telephone emergency warning system, Emergency Alert. Telstra has been contracted to develop this important system on behalf of all jurisdictions.

Emergency Alert has been developed and tested over the past six months in response to an agreement by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to enhance Australia's natural disaster arrangements.

Emergency Alert will play an important role in the comprehensive package of warning tools available to emergency services across NSW.
This system is now available for use by emergency managers and trials will occur in NSW from 5 to 13 December 2009.

More information on Emergency Alert
Public trial

The implementation of Emergency Alert in NSW includes public trials from Saturday 5 to Sunday 13 December 2009 in Lapstone, Nelson Bay, Deniliquin, Adaminaby and Bundeena.
Important information about the trial
  • Recipients will be selected at random during the trial period.
  • There is no need to take any action if you receive a trial message.
  • Recipients of the message may be contacted following the trial to participate in a survey and provide feedback.

The source of the message will be 0444 444 444. This will be the caller ID number or message header on your phone. You will not be able to call back this number or reply to the message.
What message will you receive?
The message that you may receive on your landline will begin with a siren sound and will then say:
This is a test message from the NSW Government to trial the new telephone emergency warning system

No Action or Response is required.

For information about the new telephone warning system go to www.emergency.nsw.gov.au

Mobile phone
The trial mobile phone text message that people in the test area may receive is
+6144 444 444

EMERGENCY TRIAL MESSAGE from the NSW Government to trial the new telephone emergency warning system NO ACTION REQUIRED For more info www.emergency.nsw.gov.au
The public trial will ensure that the system has the ability to:
  • Send a high volume of messages.
  • Geographically target both landlines and mobile phones.
  • Issue messages securely.
  • Connect to key emergency facilities.

It is crucial that individuals DO NOT call 000 for information on the warning system or trial. Only call 000 if you are in immediate need of emergency services (police, fire or ambulance).
As mentioned above for any information on Emergency Alerts including the trials, trial areas, etc please refer to the EmergencyNSW website at www.emergency.nsw.gov.au
Thank you and regards,
Rob Vinzenz
Operations Officer

Blue Mountains District
NSW Rural Fire Service
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