SLRD launches new emergency notification system for electoral area residents


With the current wildfire situation, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) has decided to launch an emergency notification system earlier than originally planned to get important information out to the public in the event of an emergency.

SLRD Alert enables district staff to quickly and effectively communicate with all registered contacts through telephone, text or email messages, spreading vital information like evacuation orders, directions to the nearest emergency shelter, and details on family reunification. It is intended for use in a variety of situations, such as “severe weather, floods, debris flows, unexpected road closures” and other emergency events, according to an SLRD release.

Initially slated for launch next week, the system, developed by Vancouver-based ePact, was released early due to several wildfires around the region.

The service is offered free to all those residing in the rural areas of the SLRD’s electoral boundaries. It is not currently available in Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish or Lillooet, where local governments are tasked with emergency management.

To register, click on the embedded link here.

(via The Pique.)

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The SLRD are also getting active on Facebook and twitter to post news, alerts and updates quickly. Follow them on Facebook, and twitter @SLRD_BC.