Missing isn’t missing

Today we updated the ‘Contact List’ page to include the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC), which is run by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Information is there for how to report a missing person – and no, you don’t have to wait 24 hours!

Or maybe you were reported missing, but just don’t want to be found? No worries – you can tell the NMPCC that you are safe, so you can be taken off the list. You can view the current list at the NMPCC website.

NMPCC phone, email and website are on the ‘Contact List’ page.


New Australian Warning System

Australia now has a  a new national approach to information and warnings during emergencies like bushfire, flood, storm, extreme heat and severe weather. Up until now there have been different warning systems for different hazard types across Australia. The new Australian Warning System aims to provide consistent warnings to Australian communities, so that people know what to do when they see a warning level. The System uses a nationally consistent set of icons. How you receive warnings may not change, but the wording, colours and call to action may be different to what you’re used to, as this system is implemented across Australia.

We thought that the extract above is important and we immediately updated WatchOut.org.au, so that we can take you to the government website detailing those new icons, etc.

Why not take a look? The link is on our ‘Fires & Environment’ page.


Thanks to Angie, “mom of a teen”

Angie contacted us this week with two suggestions for links potentially suitable for our ‘Teens/Youth’ page. It’s great when we have input such as this, directly from a community member. And to answer Angie’s question, yes they were relevant, and yes we will add them. (Shame they weren’t Australian.) The links were:

Alternative to Meds Centre – How to Help Teens Overcome Substance Abuse (blog)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism – Talk to Your Child About Alcohol (Fact Sheet)


Where does this link go?

Are you uncertain when you click on a link? We are too!

In this day and age, using the internet can be scary. Clicking on a link can have disastrous results. WatchOut has a page precisely included for this kind of situation: ‘Internet Safety’.

Today, during our regular maintenance checks, we found a dud link and coincidentally (weird, huh?), a resident had informed their local Neighbourhood Watch group of a new URL link checker. Of course we checked it out and updated the page to include this new information: ‘Where Goes”. Thank you to Phillip.


New menu item for Covid

We thought it was time to put a page especially for this Covid Pandemic, in order to give you the most important links to the correct information out there.

It’s not just about connecting you to the Public Health Orders & Restrictions to prevent crime. It’s about ensuring the whole community feels safe and secure, especially the vulnerable, aged, or socially isolated residents in our community. That may include people’s mental health; a difficult subject for many. Look after yourselves, and please look out for your neighbours!