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Council launches weather alert app for storm season

13 September, 2016

In the lead up to the start of the summer storm season, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today launched a dedicated Brisbane weather app to give residents and visitors more timely and detailed information about weather events.

The service is provided as a free service by Brisbane City Council and offers push notifications to warn people of severe weather events in their immediate location.

Cr Quirk said that the new service had been possible thanks to Council’s new partner, Weatherzone, and was part of Council’s commitment to providing residents with more detailed and immediate information about weather events.

“More than 125,000 Brisbane residents have registered for Council’s Early Warning Alert Service, which until now has provided SMS, emails or recorded telephone messages alerting residents about weather warnings for a nominated home address,” Cr Quirk said.

“Now, under Council’s app launched today, residents can create their own profile within the Brisbane Weatherzone app, which will give them enhanced weather warnings for their immediate location anywhere in Brisbane, at any time.

“The alerts will provide warnings for the dangerous and destructive weather events that our city is prone to, such as severe hail and thunderstorms, winds, cyclones, and floods.”

“This is about providing Brisbane residents with accurate and early alerts, to help them plan for severe weather as well as protect their homes and cars from any damage.”

Existing users of Council’s Early Warning Alert Service can take advantage of the app by downloading it onto their mobile device from the app store, clicking on the Brisbane City Council tab and registering a profile.

Cr Quirk said that the beginning of the summer storm season was a timely reminder for residents to check their preparedness for severe weather, including:
• Clean up the yard, clean gutters and downpipes of leaf litter, and check the roof and skylights are in good condition.
• If a storm is approaching, secure loose items in your backyard or on your balcony.
• If flooding is likely, ensure valuables are stored up high.
• Prepare an emergency kit, which should contain a torch, portable radio, spare batteries, first aid kit, emergency contact numbers and important documents such as insurance papers.

To assist residents in their preparations for summer storm season, Council is also offering free green waste tipping weekend later this month on 24/25 September and on 8/9 and 22/23 October.

Residents can also register for the Early Warning Alert Service and learn how to ‘Be Prepared’ for summer storms at brisbane.qld.gov.au or by calling Council on 3403 8888.

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