It's important to be notified as soon as possible of any hazards that may affect you. Below are the best ways to be warned and stay informed.
Emergency Mobile Alerts are messages about emergencies sent by authorised emergency agencies to capable mobile phones. The alerts are designed to keep people safe and are broadcast to all capable phones from targeted cell towers.
The alerts can be targeted to areas affected by serious hazards and will only be sent when there is a serious threat to life, health, or property, and in some cases for test purposes.
If you get an alert, read the message and take it seriously. It will tell you what the emergency is and what to do. It will also tell you which agency sent the message and if needed, where to go for more information.
Make sure your phone is compatible and activated to receive EMA's.
For more information on Emergency Mobile Alerts and to check if your phone is compatible, follow the link.
Download the Hazard App to help you and your family prepare for and respond to hazards in New Zealand. The app is a vital tool to help you get through emergencies and get disaster alerts.
If your phone is not capable of receiving EMAs and you cannot download the Red Cross Hazard App then you can receive an alert for a major emergency in the Bay of Plenty by subscribing to receive Emergency Management text alerts.
Simply text the two letters (no spaces) for your respective area to 2028. Once you text to subscribe, you will receive a confirmation text within a couple of minutes
DISCLAIMER: The Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group cannot guarantee that the Text Alerts will reach you during an Emergency due to circumstances outside of our control - like infrastructure failure - which may interfere with the message being broadcast.
Text alerts will only be used in major emergencies and will not be used for weather alerts or minor localised events. Texts you send will not be read or monitored, and will incur another 20c fee.
Social media is another great way to stay informed. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute information. Get connected and also receive push notifications by 'Liking' us on Facebook or 'Following' us on Twitter. Once you have clicked on the 'Subscribe' button, simply click on the links below and visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.
In an emergency the radio may be your prime source of information. Power and telecommunication outages are likely to impact your ability to get information from normal channels. If you don’t have a radio at home (most people have a radio in their car) consider a wind up or battery operated radio so you can stay informed. While national messaging will be available on all channels, for area specific information you will have to listen to your local radio stations.
Tauranga & Western Bay
Edgecumbe, Ōpōtiki & Kawerau