City urges residents to sign up for emergency notifications

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August 26, 2014 9:31 AM

While they hope they never have to use the service, in case they have to, the City of Lloydminster is asking you to sign up for its emergency alert program.

Anne Danielson, emergency management co-ordinator, said that the new emergency alert will be the first line of contact for residents in the city.

“This is the way that the city is going to notify residents for a large scale emergency or disaster,” she said.

According to Danielson there are four steps on the city’s website.

“We want to be able to get the information that people need and take the steps that they need to do, or follow any instructions,” she said.

“So, it’s very important that people sign up and have access to that information.”

Danielson said that if a resident signs up for the emergency alert service and a large scale disaster happens, they will be able to be notified through numerous outlets.

“If we want to notify them on the system, we will have multiple avenues,” she said. “The main ones would be via email or by text message. Some of the other ways that we will notify them will be by the city’s webpage, social media, and radio stations.”

Danielson said that when people sign up, they have the choice of how they want to be notified.

“This is very important, because people know how they can be reached best,” she said.

For testing purposes, Danielson said that when you sign up, monthly tests will be done to ensure that the service is working in case of an actual large scale disaster.

“We will be doing it once every month (and) that will be every third Wednesday of each month at noon. The reason for that is because we want to keep it front of mind,” she said.

“I’m not sure about some, but I have downloaded apps and have forgotten about them, so by doing monthly tests we are able to keep it front of mind.”

Danielson added that how a residents chooses to be notified is how they will be notified for the test as well.

She stressed that it’s important for people to sign up for emergency alert.

“Because only those who have opted in will receive the test notifications,” she said.

The alerts will be activated in the event of a tornado warning, an incident that affects a large area in the community or the entire city, as well as has the potential to cause harm to life or property.

And if you are concerned about privacy and the possibility of your information being released, Danielson assured that the information gathered on the website is for the emergency alert system only.

“Everything is strictly confidential on there, so it will not be used for anything else,” she said. “No information is shared and it is totally private.”

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