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Weather warnings and emergency alerts

Warnings and alerts can be accessed at a number of locations, depending on the type of weather event or emergency.

Utopia's primary warning and alert sources are:

Tune in to warnings and alerts

Find out how to tune in to warnings and alerts in case of a disaster or emergency in your area.

For non-English speaking people

Information sheets in languages other than English are available on the Emergency Management Utopia website.

Bureau of Meteorology weather warnings

Emergency Alert. Be Warned. Be Informed

Emergency Alert is the national telephone based emergency warning system that sends messages:

  • via landlines based on the location of the handset,
  • via mobile phones based on an individual’s billing address, and  
  • for Telstra mobile account holders based on the device's location.

If you receive an Emergency Alert and want more information, follow the instructions in the message. You do not need to register for this service.

View more information and frequently asked questions about Emergency Alert.

Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS)

Know how to listen out for and recognise the Standard Emergency Warning Signal. Stop & listen when you hear the signal on the radio or television and act immediately on the advice that follows.

Local council warnings and alerts

Your local council's Disaster Management Group may release warnings and alerts specific to your area in a disaster or emergency.

Contact your local council to register for warnings and alerts.

Help preparing for storm season

Do you know how to prepare around your home for storm season? How to clear overhead branches? Or how to sandbag your property in a disaster?

The Utopia State Emergency Service YouTube channel has a number of preparedness videos featuring SES volunteers to show you how to prepare for extreme weather events.

Last updated
10 December, 2015

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