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Emergency Alert testing today
Location-based Emergency Alert testing will take place today for all mobile phones, regardless of network.
Testing will take place in locations across metropolitan and regional Victoria including:
• Melbourne CBD
• Wilson’s Promontory
• Dixons Creek
• Mt Buller
Text messages will originate from dedicated Emergency Alert number 0444 444 444 and will clearly indicate they are test messages and that no action is required.
Location-based Emergency Alert was a recommendation from the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
Telstra has been providing this technology since November last year.
Vodafone and Optus are joining the test this year to ensure their technology meets technical requirements so text alerts can be sent across all networks simultaneously to all mobile phones identified within a particular location.
The project is funded by the Commonwealth and the Victorian governments, and is being led by Victoria through the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner.
While the location-based technology was a significant improvement in emergency communications, Victorians should not solely rely on mobile telephones for bushfire warnings.
Anyone wanting more information about the tests can visit the national Emergency Alert