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 Maintenance announcements
Maintenance announcements are posted here. These announcements regard the GDACS web site and the GDACS disaster alert system.
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GDACS maintenance policy - Friday, February 14, 2014
To comply with JRC policy on security settings, GDACS servers may go offline on a weekly basis for basic maintenance. The maintenance will be limited to a few minutes around 11:00UTC on Fridays. This affects all GDACS services (including mobile services). JRC is working on a solution to eliminate the downtime. read more ...
Old GDACS system shut down - Friday, November 22, 2013

In June 2013, GDACS was migrated to new servers. The old system was still available as backup under the URL This system has now been shut down. If you have any links pointing to that URL, they will not longer work.

Solved issue with Australian mobile numbers - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Australian users may have experienced problems with receiving SMS alerts from GDACS in the past months. We noticed a while ago that all SMS traffic to Australian mobile numbers was not processed well by our SMS provider. We’ve since worked with the provider on a solution, which was tested with a few users this week. All traffic to Australian mobile numbers should now be routed correctly.

GDACS Migration - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The JRC will shortly upgrade hardware and software underlying the GDACS monitoring, alert and public web system. User registration and changes to the alert profile will be unavailable for a short time, but other changes should be transparent. The main changes are:

  • Complete overhaul of the Earthquake and Tsunami system for better performance and with new alert models for tsunamis, support for national sub-systems and for different alert scales
  • Upgrade of the geospatial database system from ArcGIS Server 9.3 to 10, with new features for better maps
  • Migration of hardware from JRC corporate web zone to a dedicated subnet with more flexibility for scaling and deploying new beta products, and reducing the servers from 15 to 8 more powerful ones in a new architecture.

The new system can be previewed on Please let us know if you notice bugs with services you're using, in particular for syndicated feeds. After the switch (which will be announced in a further message), the old system will be available on Please don't hesitate to contact us for further information.

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         12/20/2015 2:32:50 AM
GDACS ge trying to request an account to get information .. ex...gdacs alerts Submitted By: onofrio ugenti

         12/15/2015 8:40:05 PM
Website Functionallity I believe I have identified two potential problems (minor). A) It was my intention to verify that I had entered my alert information correctly by initiating the test alert. After ten minutes and no response I made what I thought was the needed correction and attempted to re-initiate the test alert. I eventually noticed the message below as it was buried below other script on the page. "You have already request the Test Account today, please retry tomorrow." This policy is not conducive to the effective first time establishment of account information. B) There appears to be a restriction in both length and characters that are allowed to be used for passwords, but this information was not clarified during setup. I had repeatedly entered the character string I chose which was subsequently rejected at sign in. I tried shortening my entry at login until finally I was allowed to access my account. Please clarify the known restrictions in password creation at that point in th

         11/15/2015 7:23:47 PM
SMS alerts not getting delivered We are not getting the disaster alerts on SMS. We are in India. Submitted By: Sandeep Ganguly

         11/15/2015 7:19:26 PM
Tamil Nadu Heavy Rainfall and Cyclone in Bay of Bengal There are no alerts on the application related to the above crisis. Submitted By: Sandeep Ganguly

         11/11/2015 7:38:44 AM
Google maps link at the bottom isn't working Google maps feed link at the bottom isn't working. It takes me to the google maps website with the gdacs website in the search bar Submitted By: Maiyan

         11/10/2015 12:51:24 PM
Login fails everytime Hello! When I try to login into the VOSOCC, there is everytime an error. please fix this bug thx. Best regards, Mario Durovic Submitted By: Mario Durovic

         11/5/2015 10:33:12 PM
Alerts unsubscribe Dear GDACS. I need to unsubscribe from my alerts. You may have me listed as as I subscribed prior to AusAID's merger with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. many thanks Helen Submitted By: Helen McFarlane

         10/18/2015 12:52:44 PM
Categories Where can I find the "meanings" of what the categories for each field? i.e. - Vulnerability of affected countries: Medium - what is medium? - Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0.286 million _ What are the category thresholds? - This tropical cyclone is expected to have a high humanitarian impact - again what is this? Submitted By: jeff

         8/25/2015 10:59:17 AM
Test Test message Submitted By: Tissa Perroud

         8/15/2015 6:15:42 PM
your login hello your login to change the alerts is not working, i have ordered the password many time but still i can not login with your provided login information GDACS Your Username is:, Password is: goepf1; what i have to do? Submitted By: ronald tschanz