Notification system launched in the Cowichan Valley

Notification system launched in the Cowichan Valley

Cowichan Valley residents can now subscribe to a new state of the art notification system introduced by the regional district.

The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) announced Friday morning it has launched CivicReady, a mass notification service that sends messages about emergencies and events such as road closures to subscribers in the region.

The system gives people the option to input unlimited email addresses and phone numbers to be reached via phone call, email, text or social media in case of an emergency or a routine event.

“This new technology allows us to have a truly regional emergency notification system that includes municipalities, First Nations and school districts,” CVRD Board Chair Jon Lefebure said.

“It gives the public control over which notifications they wish to receive and how they want to receive them and gives subscribers the flexibility to update those preferences as their needs change.”

The launch is in coordination with Emergency Preparedness Week.

The district says all subscribers’ information will be securely maintained and follows Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation.

CivicReady is separate from the federal Alert Ready system where provincial level notifications are provided for major disasters.

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