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How Does That Work? Alert SA – Emergency Information

Australia is a land of extreme weather events.  We’ve got it all; floods, snow storms, bushfires, cyclones and more.  To assist with emergency services during these events, Emergency Service groups around Australia have come up with ways to communicate with communities threatened.  The National Emergency Alert system (automated phone alerts) was created so that emergency services personnel can contact people in a community area who are being affected by an emergency, using either their landline or mobile phone service.  For South Australia, fourteen government departments, including our emergency services, have come together to create and maintain a service called Alert SA.  It’s a website and FREE app available from the Google Play Store & Apple iTunes App Store –
This service organises data from many different sources to give South Australian people a clear picture of hazards and emergencies happening in their area. The two parts of the service work together so you can access the information through either the app on your device, or via the website at  You can log in on the website to add a device, update your contact details, create watch lists and more.  The website also gives an overview of what our emergency services are sending out on social media for you to review at a glance.

Some of the functions of the website and app are;

Incident Status Icons
– Going / Controlled / Safe (coloured icons) & Outages (black with coloured outline for status).  You’ll find these lined up along the left hand side.  Grey icons indicate the incident has expired and is no longer of concern.

Map – Clickable icons to give further information about various incidents going on, you can zoom in and out on different regions and  move the map around.

Layers functionality – configure the map to give the specific information you’re looking for.  Warning areas, Incidents, Outages, Support services, Ban restrictions, Public notices and environmental monitoring.  Turn on or off different layers.

Also, the South Australia Police alerts will cover the following incidents:

  • bomb threats
  • earthquakes
  • incidents involving aircraft
  • incidents involving marine transport
  • road accidents
  • search and rescue operations
  • terrorist attacks

There are also Share options in the app and the website so you can alert friends and family of any incidents that may affect them, using social media, SMS and email. You can set up notifications in the app on your device to let you know when an incident has occurred near you or your watch list (if you’ve set that up using the website).

You’ll find the road closure and incident notifications helpful when there are issues on the road on your usual route or if you’re heading somewhere special and want to avoid problems on your way.  This will give you notifications as the emergency services attend, assess and communicate information about incidents.

Usually you won’t need to refer to this app, but it is a great tool for keeping safe and when you really need it, it’ll be there ready for you.  Have you got the app or do you access the website?  What do you think? Is it helpful for you?  Let us know in the comments.

Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy

#GawlerPublicLibrary #HowDoesThatWork? #TechSavvy #South Australia  #SAPOL #EmergencyServices  #Ambulance #FireDepartment #AlertSA

Tech Savvy: A-Z Apps Series – Justice & Law

So it may not be the most interesting stop in our A-Z Apps, or it may be just what you are looking for. Knowing your rights and responsibilities are a necessity and knowing where to start is sometimes the key to staying aware. The following apps have been compiled for those who are seeking legal assistance, general information or are currently involved in the legal profession.

Legal Aid SA – (  Need legal advice? Would you like clarification on something? You can access many fact sheets and brochures with instant contact to the offices across Australia. Created by the Legal Services Commission of South Australia and available for free for Android.

ATO – (  The Australian Taxation Office has made available a convenient way to access and keep track of your tax and super. Keep up-to-date with your self-managed super fund trustee, small business taxation information or personal tax. Available from Google Play, Apple iTunes App Store and Microsoft Windows Phone Store.

Australasian Legal Information Institute (AusLII) – ( is the official app released by the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) and gives you access to Australia’s most popular online legal resource from the convenience of your mobile device.  Containing data from over 140 courts, tribunals and boards from all over every Australian State and Territory.  The app will optimise documentation from the website to fit your device’s screen and give you the option to email directly from the app. Available from Google Play and Apple iTunes App Store.

ACCC Shopper App – ( The Australian Competition Consumer Commission has a great resource if you’re looking to find out what your consumer rights are when you’re out shopping.  You can set reminders for warranties, store your receipts for your purchases for ease of reference and get answers to all your purchase FAQs. Available from  Google Play and Apple iTunes App Store.

ABC – Law Report Podcasts – ( This is available by whichever app you use on your device that provides you with podcast subscriptions.  Varying discussions from the radio program on ABC Radio.

Constitution of Australia –  This contains full text of the updated Australian Constitution from the revised reprint of 2012. It  also has reference material for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ recognition in the Constitution.

…And as always, we have a Justice of the Peace available at the Gawler Sport & Community Centre every Thursday and Saturday from 10:30-12:30.  No need to book an appointment, just come in and see the front desk and they’ll direct you through to the Justice of the Peace on duty.

Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy

#GawlerPublicLibrary  #AtoZOfApps #TechSavvy #AustLII #LegalAidSA #ABC #ACCC #ATO




Free Internet at the Gawler Sport & Recreation Centre

Free Internet at sports centre
We are pleased to announce that public internet, printing, and photocopying is now available in the Library Room at the Gawler Sport and Recreation Centre, Nixon Terrace, Gawler.
Opening Hours:
Monday 9am – 12pm
Wednesday 9am – 12pm
Thursday 1.45pm – 4.45pm
Friday 9am – 12pm

OverDrive releases their new App Libby

Meet Libby!
Libby is the new app from OverDrive that makes downloading ebooks and audiobooks easier than ever.
One click to borrow, one click to read, one click to return.