Strathcona Regional District will be switching to Alertable to provide emergency mass notifications as of May 2.
In a release, the district says anyone registered to the previous service will have their information automatically transferred, anyone who has not yet registered is asked to register after May 2 on the SRD website.
“Information is a vital form of aid in itself. Disaster-affected people need information as much as water, food, medicine, or shelter. Information can save lives, livelihoods, and resources. This is why the Regional District is switching to Alertable as our public emergency mass notification service,” SRD Chair Brad Unger said in a news release.
“Our previous system would call landlines, call cellphones, and text cellphones. That feature will not change, however, Alertable provides additional ways to notify people when protective actions need to be taken.”
On May 2, the new system will send everyone a welcome message from Alertable.
Residents are asked to save that number in their phones under SRD Emergency Notification.
According to SRD, Alertable is the only commercial emergency alert system that fully integrates with Alert Ready, Canada’s national alert system.