Channel NewsAsia: Heavy rain SMS alerts launched

You can now subscribe to a phone alert that warns of heavy rain and high tides. Channel NewsAsia reports.

Heavy rain SMS alerts launched

SINGAPORE: Members of the public can subscribe to a new Heavy Rain Warning SMS alert service.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said subscribers of the service will receive alerts via SMS when heavy rain is expected over any of the five sectors — north, south, east, west, central — across Singapore.

The lead time for the warnings is usually between 15 and 45 minutes.

Subscribers will also receive tidal information should the heavy rain coincide with high tide.

Another SMS will be sent to inform subscribers when heavy rain is no longer expected or has ceased.

The Heavy Rain Warning SMS alert service is part of the Integrated Heavy Rain and Water Level Alert Service which is operated jointly by NEA and national water agency PUB.

Members of the public can subscribe to either one or both services.

Members of the public who want to keep tabs on the water level in a canal or drain at a designated location can subscribe to the Water Level SMS alert service from PUB.

Subscribers will receive progressive SMS alerts if the water level in the selected canal rises above 50 per cent, 75 per cent, 90 per cent and 100 per cent of the canal’s depth.

Separate SMS alerts will be sent to subscribers to inform them when the water level recedes to below 90 per cent, 75 per cent and 50 per cent.

To obtain the free services, the public can go the PUB website or via a weblink at NEA’s Heavy Rain Warning webpage.

The heavy rain warning is also on Weather@SG, NEA’s myENV iPhone app and updates can be obtained via RSS Feeds.

Updates on water level information can also be accessed via PUB’s Facebook Page.

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