How to get emergency alerts on your smartphone if it is not compatible

We are as excited as you are about emergency alerts coming to smartphones in Canada April 6, 2018. If you haven’t heard, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has mandated wireless cellular providers in Canada to broadcast critical, life-threatening emergency alerts to smartphones. You do not need to sign up for the service or […]

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“Pushing The Limits” – Limitations of Push Notifications for Emergency Alerts

Citizens spend the majority of their digital time on mobile, web and social media. People carry smartphones wherever they go, be that in their home, at work, while commuting, or traveling longer distances. Push notifications take advantage of the mobile channel to reach these citizens. But this is not without limitations. To receive push notifications, […]

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Pros and cons of opt-in based alerting systems

This is a continuation in a series about the three main types of alerting systems; subscription, opt-in, and intrusive. The first article described the pros and cons of subscription-based alerting systems. An opt-in based system can be defined as one where an external party handles all of the aspects of contact management on your behalf. […]

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Tap, tap…is this thing on?

So, you’ve downloaded the new Alertable app, you’ve set the location (or locations) to be alerted for, you’re ready (and excited) to start using it and…nothing. “No alerts found for your locations”. You close the app and re-open it. Still the same. Nothing. Zippo. Nada. You’re left feeling at a loss, wondering “is this it??” […]

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Boiling Points – Drinking Water Details Matter

Despite being known for its renewable freshwater, it’s not uncommon for Canada to have thousands of people living under drinking water advisories. A 2015 report from The Council of Canadians found that in January of that year there were at least 1,838 drinking water advisories in effect (www.canadians.org/sites/default/files/publications/report-drinking-water-0315.pdf). The Canadian Profile of the Common Alerting Protocol […]

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What are the different types of Water Quality Alerts?

Just like with weather alerts, where the terminology of Advisory, Watch, and Warning can be confusing, there are different types and terminology used for water quality alerts. To better understand water alerts, here are three basic categories: 1. Emergency boil water advisory. These types of water quality alerts are issued when there is a confirmed […]

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Boil water advisories: the 4 stages to boiling water

It might sound like the simplest task in the world…boiling water. However, when we take shortcuts and try to make simple tasks even simpler bad things can happen. When it comes to boiling water, there are no shortcuts (well, there are…but that’s another post!). So, how do I know that I have sufficiently boiled water […]

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Boiling Points: Formatting Boil Water Advisories

Health Canada recommends the Center for Disease Control (CDC) elements be used for a boil water advisory issued to the general public, including: Description of the situation, the reason for the advisory, including contaminant(s) of concern and the contaminant level(s); When the situation occurred; Any potential adverse health effects from drinking the water (e.g., diarrhea); Population […]

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Pros and cons of subscription based alerting systems

When you think about alerting systems, you should always keep in mind that they are essentially just like any other communication method used to reach a large number of individuals. You’ve got something to say to your audience, maybe its advertising your new product, and you need a way to reach them. With this thinking […]

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