What makes Alertable different?

Alertable is a smart emergency alert platform for notifying more people of disasters and hazards. Traditional ways of alerting the public to emergencies like through TV and radio are still appropriate but are becoming less effective as people ‘cut the cord’. And while new smartphone wireless alerting is a positive step forward, not all smartphones […]

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Amber Alerts: Should you be annoyed?

With the new wireless public alert system in Canada, more people than ever can be reached with an AMBER Alert when a child is in danger. If your phone is not compatible with the new wireless public alert system, you can use Alertable to still receive alerts. However, as recent AMBER Alerts in Ontario and […]

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Alertable Events: Border Crossings

Alertable uses the list of events created for the Canadian Profile of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP-CP). This event list includes many different types of emergency related events, outside the most commonly known events like weather, fires, and floods. We’re looking for your feedback on other events to include in Alertable, so please let us […]

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Should the public send emergency alerts?

Alerting the public of disasters and hazards is traditionally considered the responsibility of government. Why does it have to be that way? Why can’t the public, themselves, also alert? Using the same trustworthy and reliable tools that government uses? The public is often the first to witness a threat and to inform government authorities of […]

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Be Prepared. What to do before emergencies strike.

In Canada and around the world we face severe weather, other natural hazards, and health and safety risks. Emergency preparedness should begin well before these emergencies happen. The Government of Canada suggests you should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours during an emergency and provides […]

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5 Reasons you want to get Advisory alerts

At times, the number of Advisory alerts in effect in Alertable may seem overwhelming or annoying. When you factor in the various weather conditions that may trigger alerts, plus other events such as fires and flooding, it may seem like the Alertable app is notifying all the time. However, staying informed about Advisory alerts is […]

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The when, where and what of Wireless Public Alerting in Canada

The Alert Ready Wireless tests in May 2018 received a lot of attention, and previous blog posts discussed “What” these tests are and “Why” they are run. Another common question about these tests is “When” do they take place? The Canadian National Public Alerting System, also known as NPAS or Alert Ready, includes the participation […]

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