Sussex health and severe weather alert services

airAlert is a free service for people with respiratory conditions in Sussex. The service sends messages direct to subscribers informing them about forecast episodes of air pollution. Messages can be received by text, voice-message, email or via the airAlert app, and are usually sent 24 to 48 hours prior to an episode of air pollution. Receiving an air alert enables people with lung conditions such as asthma, COPD and heart conditions, to prepare for the period of poor air quality by taking preventative medication, to reduce the harmful effects of poor air quality on their health.

heatAlert was launched last summer to help people in Sussex for extreme hot weather events. As temperatures rise the heatAlert service sends out warnings by texts, voicemail, email or via the airAlert app about when, where and for how long a severe hot weather event is forecast. As with the airAlert service, the heatAlert service is particularly aimed at helping people with respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, vulnerable residents, parents of young children, carers and healthcare professionals. The heatAlert service will run from the 1st June until September.

coldAlert service sends alerts during severe cold weather. To subscribe, visit www.coldalert.info or download the free airAlert app from the app store and subscribe to all three services.

For more information and to register for the services, visit http://www.airalert.info/sussex or http://www.heatalert.org.uk. The airAlert, heatAlert and coldAlert services are managed by the Sussex-air partnership and funded by Local Authorities across Sussex.