BENDIGO will benefit from an expanded $60 million national mobile phone alert system for use in bushfires and other emergencies.
But the CFA warns it is only one of a suite of communications tools and that people should not rely on a text to save them in a bushfire.
Previously only Telstra was able to deploy the phone warnings but now mobiles connected to Optus and Vodafone Hutchison Australia networks can also receive the texts.
Text alerts will also be location-based so people can get them anywhere.
CFA Loddon Mallee regional manager Mark Gilmore welcomed the improvement, but said it was just one form of communication that included ABC radio, Facebook, Twitter, and phone trees.
“When the weather is bad we want people to use more than one of those,” he said.
A CFA Victoria spokesman said the text warnings were not “a silver bullet” or failsafe.
“If you are in a high risk area you cannot rely on a phone app, a phone text or a knock on the door,” he said.