The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary will test its new emergency alerting system at 10:30 a.m. on June 21, 2019. Anyone registered will receive a test message via mobile cell phone app, SMS text message, voice message over cell or landline, or by email depending upon how the registrant has chosen to be notified when signing up.
This test is the final stage of commissioning the system for operational use and will allow the RDKB to gauge message transmission times across the region. After testing, the system will be ready for the RDKB Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to communicate evacuation information about floods, wildfires or other emergencies in the region directly to residents and visitors.
“With this test we look forward to the final stage of system setup and are encouraging all residents to register in advance of the test and the wildfire season” said Mark Stephens, Interim Emergency Program Manager at the RDKB.
The RDKB emergency alerting system allows EOC staff to provide critical life-safety information quickly to anyone registered. They will receive information such as the distance and direction from an incident, and preferred evacuation routes from locations the subscriber chooses.
Registration for the service is free, straightforward and anonymous. Residents can cancel their registration or change their settings at any time.
Mobile app users can download and install the Voyent Alert! app from the Apple App or Google Play stores. Email, SMS or voice dial users can register online to receive email, voice or text-based alerts at https://emergency.rdkb.com/
“Communication during emergencies is critical, and in this case we’ve put a platform in place but we need people to sign up in order for it to help you,” said RDKB Board Chair, Roly Russell.