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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The whole country needs this! Auckland Civil Defence has launched a free smartphone app that will alert people to impending natural disasters such as tsunamis and cyclones and keep them informed following major disruptions.
The app can be used on any smartphones.
By synchronising with the Auckland Civil Defence website, the app will also keep people posted on incidents such as road closures, floods, slips and severe wind warnings.
Auckland Civil Defence controller Clive Manley believes the Christchurch earthquake and Japan tsunami have taught Auckland a lot.
"Radio and television will continue to play a vital role in disseminating public alerts, but now we have added the hugely significant channel of personalised and immediate alerts to all those Aucklanders with smartphones.''
The launch comes ahead of the New Zealand ShakeOut national earthquake drill on September 26.
The Auckland Civil Defence app can be downloaded from a variety of sources. By searching for 'Auckland Civil Defence', iPhone users can download it from the Apple AppStore, while Android users can download it from the Google Play Android app store.
More information on the new public alert system is available here
It's a great start. Now, we need the rest of New Zealand to get something like this and in light of recent events - the sooner, the better!
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