Getting real-time information to people in a timely manner during a Civil Defence emergency is critical.
Text alerts, along with radio, social media and the Hazards app on smartphones may used to achieve this.
The text alert messages are short and either provide advice on immediate actions to take, such as an evacuation, or advise people to turn on their radios or go to this website for furher information about a developing emergency.
Messages are only sent when there is a need to provide immediate and critical public advice. You will also receive a test message once a year.
To subscribe to the free service, go to http://optn.co.nz/signup/civildefence/, enter your number and select Taranaki Civil Defence.