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Telephone warnings test on Sunday

Published 16/08/2013

Emergency Alert testing will take place this Sunday 18 August for all mobile phones, regardless of network.

The Emergency Alert system allows warning to be sent directly to Victorians' mobile and landline phones. Sunday's exercise will test a new functionality of the mobile phone warnings - you may receive an SMS message as part of the test.

Testing will take place in locations across metropolitan and regional Victoria including:

• Ballan

• Dixons Creek

• Geelong

• Harrietville

• Melbourne CBD

• Melton

• Mt Buller

• Wangaratta

• Warburton

• Wilsons Promontory

Text messages will originate from the dedicated Emergency Alert number 0444 444 444 and will clearly indicate that it is a test only and no action or response is required.

It is crucial that communities DO NOT call Triple Zero (000) (TTY 106) for information about the testing.

Test warnings will be clearly marked as such. In the event that a real emergency arises, any telephone alert issued will clearly advise the nature of the emergency and action to be taken.

Warnings for flood and severe weather are current for some areas of the state and warnings and information will be issued if required. Residents are advised to remain aware of local conditions and act accordingly. If you need help in a flood or storm emergency, call 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency, call 000.

What is Emergency Alert?

Emergency Alert is the national telephone warning system used by emergency management agencies.

The system sends voice messages to landlines and text messages to mobile phones within a defined area, about likely or actual emergencies such as fire, flood, or extreme weather events.

When is Emergency Alert used?

Once a decision is made to warn a community (location), the responsible emergency service organisation, will determine the defined area to be warned and which warning mediums to use; for example: radio, website, television; and whether a telephone alert needs to be issued.

A telephone alert is just one way emergency services organisations can warn a community and will not be used in all circumstances. People should be adequately prepared in the event of an emergency, continue to use a range of information sources and stay aware of local conditions. You should not wait to receive an alert before you act.