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I told you so!
2nd-Mar-2009 02:57 pm
I just got a text from the Vic Police! 

02/03/2009 14:18
Msg from Vic Police:Extreme weather in Vic expected Mon night & Tues. High wind & fire risk.Listen to local ABC Radio for emergency updates.

I have never had one of those before.  Ever.  

Checked with Mum, and she got one on her mobile too! 

I guess this must be a new service?  They're doing a blanket send to all mobile phones?  One way of getting the word out I suppose...

Just checked with the Lord of the Vegemite, and he didn't get one on his mobile... praps cos he's not the account holder?

Now I'm worried.

It's an absolutely beautiful day here at the moment, although it is a Total Fire Ban. 

*wonders wtf is coming*    O.o

ETA: kids all got it on their phones too, including the Lord of the Vegemite.

ETA 2: apparently this is part of the new emergency warning system the States all agreed to implement 18 mths ago, then couldn’t get their act together.  They thought it would be a breach of privacy to send unsolicited texts to mobiles.

This is excellent.  Definitely spam I'm more than happy to get! 

ETA 3:  Calm before the Storm?
Just so you can see how nice it seems today. 

2nd-Mar-2009 04:14 am (UTC)
OMG. That's scary. Stay safe, please.
2nd-Mar-2009 04:43 am (UTC)
It's this sort of fore-warning that can make all the difference! :~)
2nd-Mar-2009 04:39 am (UTC)
The phone text thing is a wonderful idea. Even if folks had a power outage or didn't turn on their TVs or radios, they'd be likely to have their cell phones on. REALLY good idea.
2nd-Mar-2009 04:42 am (UTC)
It is brilliant! I'm really glad for the warning. The weather looks mild and rather perfect today; certainly no inkling of horrible storms coming. Now we can be prepared!
2nd-Mar-2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Please take care of yourselves and let us all know when the danger has passed.
2nd-Mar-2009 05:14 am (UTC)
2nd-Mar-2009 06:50 am (UTC)
"This is excellent. Definitely spam I'm more than happy to get!"

Oh, absolutely! Glad they decided the 'breach of privacy' is well worth warning people of compromised safety.
2nd-Mar-2009 09:26 am (UTC)
Good luck!
2nd-Mar-2009 11:58 am (UTC)
This actually sounds like a good idea.
2nd-Mar-2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
Yikes! I hope it's just a test to see if it's working for everybody...although I would THINK they'd say that somewhere in the text if it was.
2nd-Mar-2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
let's just hope the calm before the storm pic stays that way!

it's absolutely beautiful!

good luck! and keep us posted if you're able!

2nd-Mar-2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Getting that message was so weird.
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