The Sunlive Newspaper in Tauranga reports that "many people are reporting not getting an alert text message following this morning's 7.1 earthquake and tsunami warning".

This refers to the event on 2nd September 2016, where the BOP Regional Council has to explain why alerts were not received by people who had signed up to the text message alerting system managed by the Council.

Tsunado Technical Director Gary Benner commented that, "even if these messages had been received, the slow process of managing alerts meant that the messages that were being received, arrived at the same time that the waves were hitting our shores. And had it been a major earthquake, that would have been a disaster of monumental proportion."

"Reliance on text and cell phone technologies is unforgivable", says Benner, "given that Tsunado has now been available for at least two years, and proven in three trials held in the BOP and Auckland."

"Texts delivered by SMS and Cell Broadcasting are fine for general information, but they are not an effective alerting platform. They don't wake people up, and they don't demand immediate attention."

Tsunado Alert Radios are designed to deliver emergency alerts quickly and with a very loud alarm. They use Broadcast Radio and Satellite technologies to deliver the alerts, as these have been proven over many years to be the most reliable communications mechanisms during disasters, or any time in fact.

And the Tsunado Alert Radios continue working for 5-10 days without the need for recharging.

 

 

 

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