Minister: Hurricane Info Text Alerts To Be Sent

July 18, 2013

In partnership with Digicel and CellOne, the Ministry of Public Safety has agreed a system of text message alerts that will be sent to the subscribers of both services for important hurricane weather updates, Public Safety Minister Michael Dunkley said today [July 18].

The Minister said, “At the beginning of Hurricane Season I reported on the state of readiness of the agencies that form the Emergency Measures Organization or EMO. So far the Season has been a relatively quiet one as far as Bermuda is concerned, but it is still early in the season, and we hope that continues.

“As I indicated at that time, in this modern era, clear, fast and reliable information is important. I am pleased to announce today that in partnership with Digicel and CellOne, the Ministry of Public Safety has agreed a system of text message alerts and advisories that will be sent to the subscribers of both services on behalf of the EMO.

“Under a Memorandum of Understanding, these two companies have agreed to receive important advisories from the EMO and to forward them to their customer base. Things like important hurricane weather updates, the closure of the Causeway, any information regarding schools or summer camps and also public transport will form part of this improved communication with the public.

“Messages will be short and sharp and clearly indicate that it is from the EMO and the period for which it is valid. The Ministry has also agreed that the value of this service is in managing its use so that only the most important information is communicated to customers.

“On behalf of the Ministry of Public Safety I wish to thank Digicel and CellOne for stepping up and performing this vital public service. This is a genuine public/private partnership which could save lives and will make the passage of important information smoother and more reliable during hurricane season.”

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  1. Bozey says:

    This will be interesting to see. At the first blow or Digicel always goes down!!