Disasters straight to your phone

THE Bureau of Meteorology has introduced push notifications on its BOM Weather app to provide more targeted advice to communities during severe weather. 

The push notifications will include six types of weather warnings; tropical cyclone, fire weather, flood, tsunami, severe thunderstorms and severe weather.

BOM’s Sandy Whight said the new push notifications is another way the Bureau equips Australians with the information they need to make informed decisions.

“We’re constantly looking to improve our services wherever possible, and we know people already use the BOM Weather app to get valuable information about rain, wind, temperature, and warnings quickly and easily,” she said.

People can now turn on push notifications for their set location and the BOM Weather app will alert them when warnings are issued for those areas.

“Once installed and enabled, a notification will appear on the person’s device’s lock screen whenever a warning is issued that is relevant to your set location, and they can also select which type of notifications they would like to receive,” Sandy said. 

“We encourage everyone to stay up to date with our current warnings and forecasts, especially throughout severe weather seasons, and this new function will make it even easier to access simple weather information at their fingertips.”

People need to update to the latest version to take advantage of the features.