New Alberta Emergency Alert uses digital technology to warn Albertans in an emergency or disaster
Edmonton… Whether travelling or staying close to home this upcoming Labour Day long weekend, Albertans now have more ways to receive life-saving information.
The new Alberta Emergency Alert system uses the latest digital technology including social media and a dedicated website.
The new system began a phased implementation on June 28 with training and more than 650 people from approximately 200 communities and organizations are now trained on the system. There are now 36 media distributors using the new system to broadcast alerts. A public education campaign began August 1, to encourage Albertans to visit the new website and join the Facebook and Twitter pages. Program implementation continues and the first province-wide test of the new system is scheduled for mid-September.
“This system depends on partnerships to help get life-saving information to Albertans,” said Hector Goudreau, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “Government has developed this enhanced alert system as one tool for communities and organizations to use as part of their local emergency preparedness plan.”
The new Alberta Emergency Alert also includes a broader range of alerts. Information alerts are issued through social media and the website to make Albertans aware of a hazard. Critical alerts are issued using these media but are also broadcast on radio and television in the event of imminent life-threatening danger. The first alerts on the new system were broadcast on July 7. Since the new Alberta Emergency Alert was implemented, 11 critical and information alerts have been issued throughout the province. To check for current alerts or to receive alerts through social media or other applications visit: www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca
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