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Emergency Alert now location based
Every Victorian can now receive an emergency warning text message if they’re in an area affected by a major emergency.
This is the first time mobile phone users have been able to receive location-based warnings about nearby emergencies, no matter where their phone is registered or which mobile provider they use.
This enhancement to the Emergency Alert telephone warning system was launched yesterday by the Federal Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells.
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While this location-based Emergency Alert is a significant addition to the suite of warnings available, no-one should rely solely on a mobile phone for warnings.
For warnings and alerts visit CFA’s website, Facebook or Twitter account, or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 or tune in to your emergency broadcasters – ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations or SKY News Television. Check the Fire Services Commissioner’s website for a full list of emergency broadcasters.