Civil Defence cell-phone alerting project funded
Civil Defence cell-phone alerting project
Coromandel MP Scott Simpson is welcoming a new
Civil Defence project looking into the idea of a cell-phone
emergency alert system.
This follows an announcement by
the Minister of Civil Defence Nikki Kaye of a million
dollars funding to develop a business case for the possible
Scott Simpson MP says “This is all about
being able to reach lots of people, and quickly. That’s
important in large, geographically varied region like the
Mr Simpson says “We have the vast and
fertile plains. We have hundreds of kilometres of coast. We
have mountainous forests and remote bush.
Being able to
target specific areas means we could save lives during a
civil defence emergency.”
“So, if there were a
tsunami warning, we could quickly alert people in the
affected area. Getting information out quickly is crucial in
This mobile phone alert system could fit in
well with the existing range of emergency public
The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency
Management will work closely with telecommunication
providers and local authorities on this business case.
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