THE state government has finally got the Alert SA app back working, after it was turned off in January last year due to service failures.
Based on the hugely-successful Fires Near Me app in NSW, Alert SA combines data from the SA Country Fire Service and Metropolitan Fire Service and displays bushfire alerts, warnings and updates as well as Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Ban information.
Users are also able to create multiple Watch Zones, specifying areas across the state which are of interest to them.
The Alert SA app has undergone extensive user acceptance testing to ensure it is reliable and able to withstand large volumes of users during peak periods.
Emergency Services Minister Corey Wingard said it was pleasing to have the app ready for the 2019-20 bushfire danger season.
"A lot of hard work has gone into ensuring SA has an app that works and will withstand high demand when it is needed most," he said.
"With a run of hot days on the horizon, it is reassuring to know there is another tool in the toolbox when it comes to keeping informed about bushfire risks.
"But it is important to never rely on just one source of information. Other channels should be used including the CFS website, social media, radio and talking to friends and family."
SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission chief executive Dom Lane said the project team would continue to build the Alert SA app.
"We will be adding to the app to include other hazards like floods and storms and those releases are planned throughout 2020," he said.
South Australians can download the Alert SA app now from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
The Alert SA website also provides further information about the app.
- Details: alert.sa.gov.au