Did you live in the inner city and want the latest information on the Canterbury earthquake sent to you? Then just ask Erni.
The Earthquake Recovery News and Information (ERNI) service is a communication network being launched by Civil Defence today. The ERNI database will be used to send text messages and emails to inner city residents.
National Controller Steve Brazier says ERNI is being trialled for residents who lived in the Red Zone and cordoned area prior to the earthquake and, if successful, it will be rolled out to other areas in Christchurch.
“This system will be a direct method for getting essential targeted information out to these residents who need to know what’s happening in the city, when they can access their home and what they need to be doing right now.
“ERNI will send a text message or email to those who have registered directing them to our website when new maps, cordon access and other key announcements have been uploaded.”
Registering with ERNI is free of charge and open to anyone who wants information on these area, however the information will be targeted to residents rather than to businesses. Business people are encouraged to register with Recovery Canterbury’s communication network by visiting www.recovercanterbury.co.nz.
People can register for ERNI here. Text messages and emails will be limited to approximately one per day, accept in cases of emergency.
ERNI is based on the ReadyNet emergency preparedness network service that was purchased by the Christchurch City Council in February 2010. The service can hold several databases so that text messages, emails and phone calls target specific groups.