Ruckle was one of the hardest hit neighbourhoods in the 2019 Boundary flood. (Kathleen Saylors/Grand Forks Gazette)

RDKB offers emergency alert app

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary launches alert system designed for small/medium-sized regions

A new emergency alert app that nails down notifications for the immediate region is now available for smart device users.

Click here: Voyent Alert! Canada-based notification system

Voyent Alert! is a service the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) recently launched for residents and visitors who, once registered, will receive critical information about floods, wildfires, and other local emergencies.

“We know fast and effective communication is one of the greatest challenges in emergency response, and our new emergency alerting system is one more step the RDKB is taking to be responsive to the needs of our residents and businesses during emergencies,” said Roly Russell, regional board chair.

“But, it can’t help you unless you sign yourself up, so please find two minutes in your day and register.”

It’s simple to download from the app store, easy to use, and free.

Alternatively, for those who are not smart device users, registration is also available via text message, email and landline through the Voyent Alert website.

Communication about life-safety events related to those locations will be sent to registrants through the Voyent Alert! smart device app or whatever communication method they select in the system.

Anyone who registers for the RDKB Emergency Alerting System will receive information such as the distance and direction from an incident, and preferred evacuation routes from locations the subscriber chooses.

Of note, is that the system’s smart alerting capabilities ensure that users will only get notified when information is relevant to them or to one of the locations they have set when they register.

The service also allows registered users to personalize and set multiple locations such as school and homebound zones.

This new RDKB service is quite timely considering the extraordinary spring/summer of 2019, which began with catastrophic flooding in the Grand Forks area and was followed by significant wildfires that prompted evacuation alerts and notices across the regional district.

Read more: Catastrophic flooding will echo for years

Read more: Wildfire closes road to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

“Our new emergency alerting system is a great addition to our Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and will allow EOC staff to provide critical life-safety information to anyone who registers,” said Mark Stephens, the RDKB’s Interim Emergency Program Manager.

“The emergency alerting system is another way for people to be personally prepared for emergencies and complements a grab and go kit, 72-hour kit, and a household preparedness plan.”

Notably, for evacuation orders and for some evacuation alerts, the RDKB will also continue to use hand-delivered paper notifications.



newsroom@trailtimes.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Rosslanders celebrate Canada Day in style

Locals organized a museum scavenger hunt, a Mt. Roberts flag-raising ceremony and evening fireworks

Hwy 1 flooding causes massive delays on certain Arrow Lakes ferry routes

Motorists have been waiting around three hours to get on ferries

Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre expands operations online

The facility also opened back up to the public earlier in June

Rossland’s Sourdough Alley a ‘muddy collection of shacks’

Rossland’s earliest thoroughfare was once derided as a ‘muddy collection of shacks’

Cannings: Nuclear waste regulations put Canadians at risk

Richard Cannings is in his second term as MP for the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Liberal party finished 2019 having spent $43 million, raised $42 million

All political parties had until midnight June 30 to submit their financial reports for last year

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

Most Read