RDCK residents can now get emergency alerts via text message or landline
Emergency communications in the RDCK are getting a big boost from a new system that will notify residents and visitors about emergency events throughout the region.
The Emergency Alert notification system is a free and easy program that enables users to receive free text messages and landline calls notifying them of emergencies occurring in the area for which they have selected alerts for. The system will also link to pertinent information the public needs to deal in an emergency event—evacuation alerts and notices, maps, emergency centre locations, etc.
“This is an important tool that will assist us in helping our residents stay safe and informed during emergency events,” advises Andrew Bellerby, Regional Fire Chief with the RDCK. “Visitors to the region can also sign up for selected periods of time. We encourage everyone to sign up and have your friends and families do the same.”
“We can make the Kootenays a safer place to live in, if we all work together,” says Chief Bellerby.