Why do we conduct tests of public emergency alert systems?

The Alert Ready Wireless tests in May 2018 received a lot of attention, do you know why the Canadian National Public Alerting System (NPAS) conducts these tests? The National Public Alerting System requires the participation of many different partners, and it is these tests that allow all the partners to ensure their respective systems are […]

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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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Does faster to boil mean faster to safely use?

Did you know that the higher you go, the faster water boils? When people hear that for the first time, they can mistakenly jump to assuming the faster they’ll have safe water to use and consume. However, that is not correct. First, let’s understand why water boils faster at higher elevations. At sea level, water will […]

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Making The Most of Maps for Mobile

Using maps to present information poses some user experience issues, particularly when they are accessed on smartphones and tablet devices. On a desktop or laptop computer, mouse or track-pad interaction provides a high-level of precision, and the ability to click and drag. This interaction is more difficult on a touch-device, since the same drag gesture […]

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Public Alert System Tests: They Have Been Happening for Years

The Alert Ready Wireless tests in May 2018 received a lot of attention, but did you know that the Canadian National Public Alerting System (NPAS), otherwise known as AlertReady, has been conducting regular tests like this for years? Canadians are likely more aware of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) tests that the United States conducts. […]

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Why spend 7-days designing a product already built?

Along the theme of our earlier blog “Why spend 5-days dreaming up an idea for a product already built?” one might think spending 7-days designing the user experience for a product already built is a waste of time. They could argue it only sets up for disappointment. “Why bother, you’re only going to tell me […]

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Boiling Points – Getting The Word Out On Drinking Water Advisories

Drinking water advisories are issued by public health authorities when tap water is unsafe to drink and may cause illness or transmit disease. The terminology used to describe the different types of water quality alerts varies between provinces, regions and local health units, as does the availability of information. Some provinces do not publish water […]

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Where does the information come from in Alertable?

You might be wondering where alerts come from that appear in the Alertable app? It’s worthwhile noting that Alertable is more than an app. Alertable is a full public emergency alert system available to municipalities across Canada to notify their communities of disasters and hazards. The public receives those local level alerts through the free to […]

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