The Thompson-Nicola Regional District will be sending out a test alert ahead of the upcoming fire season.
Sent through SMS text, phone call, email and as a notification through the app, the Voyent Alert! emergency notification system will sent out Friday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m.
However, residents must subscribe first to receive the alerts, said Kevin Skrepnek, TNRD emergency program coordinator, in a press release.
Emergency alerts through the province’s emergency system for tsunamis and earthquakes doesn’t require a subscription, as it uses wireless technology to send directly to phones and other means of communication.
The system was first launched in June 2020 and since then has been used to send advisories to residents about the TNRD’s community water systems. Almost 2,000 people are active subscribers.
In the event of an evacuation alert or order being put in place due to flood or wildfire, this alert system will be a vital way of alerting and updating the public, according to the press release. If a notification is sent out, it will include important details, including an overview of the incident and instruction, if applicable.
The Voyent Alert! app can be downloaded from GooglePlay or Apple’s App Store. The TNRD noted it is an easy process and is anonymous to sign up and receive alerts.
Visit the TNRD emergency website for more details.