JOINT NEWS RELEASE BETWEEN NEA AND PUB
Singapore, 8 August 2011 - Members of the public can subscribe to a new Heavy Rain Warning SMS alert service from the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) of the National Environment Agency (NEA).
Subscribers of the service will receive alerts via SMS when heavy rain is expected over any of the 5 sectors (north, south, east, west, central) across Singapore. The lead time for the warnings is usually about 15-45 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 PUB, the national water agency. 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%, 75%, 90% and 100% of the canal's depth. Separate SMS alerts will be sent to subscribers to inform them when the water level recedes to below 90%, 75% and 50%.
To obtain the free services, the public can subscribe at http://www.pub.gov.sg/managingflashfloods/wls/Pages/SubscriptiontoSMSAlerts.aspx or via a weblink at NEA’s Heavy Rain Warning webpage at http://app2.nea.gov.sg/advisory_heavyrain.aspx. The heavy rain warning is also on Weather@SG, NEA’s myENV iPhone app and updates can be obtained via RSS Feeds at http://app2.nea.gov.sg/nea_rss.aspx. Updates on water level information can also be accessed via PUB's Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/PUBSg or Twitter: http://twitter.com/PUBSingapore.
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