An emergency alert system developed by Western Australian authorities could be introduced across Australia. The Fire and Emergency Services Authority and WA Police designed the system which allows authorities to send text and recorded messages to mobile phones, emails and landlines in the event of an emergency such as a cyclone, bushfire or tsunami.
FESA's Mike Klenner says the system, named State Alert, will save valuable time and lives. Our greatest concern is for the community and for any type of situation that's life threatening is to get out early warnings to warn people of those sort of events.
State Alert will operate throughout city areas, metro areas but also throughout regional areas wherever we can get a computer that's hooked onto the internet, we can operate the State Alert system. Mr Klenner says the program has been two to three years in development.
Representatives from each State and Territory will meet in Perth next month to review the program.