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Officials want peoplet to sign up for emergency alert system

Voyent Alert system is customizable for location and types of alerts
The town of Smithers, Village of Telkwa and RDBN use the Voyent Alert! app for emergency notifications. (Black Press file photo)

With flooding season well underway and wildfire season coming up, local government officials are hoping more people sign up for the new emergency alert system.

“You won’t get any alerts if you don’t sign up for it,” said Matt Herzog, director of emergency support services for the Town of Smithers and Village of Telkwa.

He added the Voyent Alert system is customizable and they only send the evacuation alerts to the people who are directly affected by the alert, meaning it doesn’t go to the whole community.

“You use a pin drop and you can have up to three different addresses that you can be notified for on Voyent,” he said. “You can choose to not get all the notifications, you can choose to only get emergency notifications, if that is what you want. So if you don’t want to get the recycling depot information, you can log into your account and you can deactivate that and only get emergency alerts.”

Nellie Davis, manager of regional economic development at Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako explained that the Bulkley-Nechako Public Alerts system has two categories - Emergency Alerts and Public Alerts, each with their own notification sound.

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“Emergency alerts are used any time an event precipitates a hazard notice, evacuation alert or evacuation order. These alerts are sent to anyone registered with the system at an address inside the specific area deemed to be impacted by the event (these areas are included in a map when the alert goes out) - these alerts do not get sent to the general public, only residents registered to receive information for an address inside the Evacuation Alert area would be notified,” she wrote in an email to The Interior News.

Public alerts are sent to anyone in the area registered for public alerts to let them know about impacts to the regular RDBN operations, such as Transfer Station hour changes.

Anyone wishing to sign up can do so on the RDBN’s website.

There will also be people ready to help sign up residents at local farmers’ markets this summer.


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Marisca Bakker

About the Author: Marisca Bakker

Marisca was born and raised in Ontario and moved to Smithers almost ten years ago on a one-year contract.
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