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Emergency Alert community testing

26 April 2017

A community-based trial of the Emergency Alert system will take place today, April 26, between 11am and 3pm as part of a new technology upgrade.

The trial will test the functionality of an upgraded platform to send out Emergency Alert messages before the new technology becomes operational in early May.

As part of the trial, an Emergency Alert test SMS and voice message will be sent to about 140,000 mobile and landline phones across nine locations in Victoria.

The message will read:

“This is a test message to the Emergency Alert system testing the new capability as part of an upgrade. No action is required.”

Mobile phones within the following locations will be sent a location-based SMS message:

  • Ballan
  • Dixons Creek
  • Geelong
  • Harrietville
  • Melbourne CBD
  • Warburton
  • Wilsons Prom

Mobile and landline phones within the following locations will be sent a location-based SMS message and/or a voice message:

  • Melton 
  • Wangaratta

The SMS alert message is location-based, which means that only mobile phones in the selected trial area when the message is sent, will receive the emergency alert. Not all mobile phones or landline phones will receive the Emergency Alert.

Emergency Alert forms part of Victoria’s integrated warning system which provides information and warnings to the community through a range of channels.  Also included is the Vic Emergency website , VicEmergency social media channels and VicEmergency Hotline (1800 226 226) as well as more than 60 emergency broadcasters including ABC and Sky News TV.  

Emergency Management Victoria manages the Emergency Alert contracts on behalf of Australian states and territories.