The Different Uses of Alertable: A Case Study

Alertable is a way to save time and money sending emergency, community and workplace notices and alerts.  It allows you to send notifications simultaneously to landline phones, smartphones, computers, tablets, TV, radio, home smart speakers, roadway signage, digital display boards, community sirens and more.   While Alertable is often used for emergency alerts, it is a […]

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Celebrating Christmas during COVID-19

The entire world is feeling the effects of COVID-19 and Canada is no exception.  Each province and territory within Canada has taken precautions but the restrictions are not the same from area to area.  Below is a map current as of December 9, 2020 of the COVID-19 cases in Canada per province/territory. Photo credit: CTV […]

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Alert Ready Test 25 November 2020

On November 25, 2020, provincial and territorial emergency officials across Canada, with the exception of Nunavut and Alberta, conducted tests of the Alert Ready system. These alerts were sent via radio, television, LTE compatible wireless devices, and other third-party emergency alert distribution channels such as Alertable. The one-way broadcast nature of most Alert Ready distribution […]

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How do I get Severe Weather Alerts?

When severe weather threatens, Environment Canada issues special alerts that notify those in the affected area.  They do this so that residents of the affected area have the chance to take steps to protect themselves, their family and their property. There are a variety of ways that these alerts are sent  including the media, the department’s […]

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What does Civil Emergency Alert Mean?

  Emergency alerts are issued by designated public officials at a national, provincial/territorial, or municipal level and are meant to warn the public of current or imminent hazards to life and/or property.  So far in the year 2020, 173 alerts have been issued through the national Alert Ready System and 26 of these have been […]

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What do you Need for Emergency Preparedness?

There is not a single place in the US or Canada that does not have some form of hazard or risk. We need to create a culture of preparedness to ensure that we are ready when disaster strikes. Because the question is when, not if, it will happen. Disasters happen whether we expect them or not.  […]

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Alert Ready Test Alert

On November 25, 2020, many Canadians will receive an emergency alert as Alert Ready is performing a routine test of their system.  Regular testing ensures that the system is working properly before an event actually occurs and that everyone who is supposed to get an alert actually does.  An emergency alert is only as effective […]

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How to get Emergency Alerts on your Phone

People living or travelling in Canada can get emergency alerts, including severe weather alerts, on their cell phones. For some emergencies, these alerts are received automatically for those in the affected area with a compatible smartphone. Alertable is also connected to Canada’s public emergency alerting system, Alert Ready.  This is the same system emergency managers […]

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Is the Coquihalla Highway Open?

Did you know that the Coquihalla Highway is one of the worst roads in North America to drive in the winter?  It is a freeway located in southern British Columbia, is roughly 200 km long, was completed in 1986 and had 32 fatal crashes between the years 2004 and 2013 (Dangerous Roads).  A variety of […]

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Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Notifications on your Phone

An earthquake is “an intense shaking of the Earth’s surface” (NASA) It is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth’s lithosphere. On average there are 20,000 earthquakes a year, or roughly 55 per day (USGS).  Many earthquakes go unnoticed but we historically expect about 16 major earthquakes per year. 15 that […]

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