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Alert campaign launch

Birmingham Resilience Team have launched a major campaign to encourage Birmingham residents to register for free emergency alerts.

Birmingham Community Alert is a hi-tech messaging service for all residents and businesses in Birmingham providing emergency texts or voicemail messages during an emergency incident.  These could range from flooding and power failures, to major road closures, health risks and evacuations.

The campaign will feature radio adverts and billboard advertising, as well as using Birmingham Resilience Champions to visit community groups and businesses across Birmingham over the coming months.

Councillor Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council – whose portfolio covers emergency planning said, “Rapid delivery of information to as many people as possible is critical in emergencies to protect and reassure the public and manage the incident.”

“Birmingham Community Alert makes it easy for Birmingham residents to stay informed by choosing the best way for them to receive alerts and makes sure that accurate and timely information is delivered automatically to the people affected.”

Birmingham Community Alert automatically sends emergency messages based on postcode area, by email, SMS text, automated voice calls to mobile phone or landlines, pager or fax.  Residents can sign up for the free service and select their preferred methods of contact. To register for text alerts, they can simply send an SMS to 83118 with the word ALERT followed by a Birmingham postcode. Two further locations can be added such as a work address and a relative or friend.

A whole range of promotional tools have been developed including a promotional leaflet. Listen to the radio adverts here.

To find out more about Birmingham Community Alert view the information page.

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