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Emergency service apps

Emergency service apps

Don't rely on just one source

The move by Facebook to restrict news content on its platform came as a timely reminder for south-west locals not to rely on just one news source for important emergency warnings.

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said while all VicEmergency content is still available on Facebook, Victorians should never rely on a single commercial channel or news source for important information on current warnings.

“Summer is not just about bushfires. It also presents a higher risk of storms, heat and flooding. Grass fires remain a high risk across our state after more summer rainfall has seen growth in our grasslands.”

The easiest and quickest way to stay informed is to download the free VicEmergency app. Nearly 2.7 million Victorians have done this already. The app can be personalised by creating ‘watch zones’ for any area, so alerts are sent for incidents and warnings nearby. It’s available through the App Store or Google Play.

There are also other ways to access VicEmergency information, through the handle @vicemergency on Twitter, the website and the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

Deaf, hard of hearing, or those with a speech or communication impairment can contact the VicEmergency Hotline via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.

Culturally and linguistically diverse communities can call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 and ask them to phone the VicEmergency Hotline.

For comprehensive planning and preparedness messaging for all emergency events, please visit the Understanding Warnings page on the VicEmergency website.

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MixxFm and 3HA also serve as an emergency service broadcaster.

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