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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Air Quality and Forest Fires

Air quality is measured with the Air Quality Index (AQI).  It works similar to a thermometer but shows changes in the amount of pollution in the air instead of the temperature.  The AQI tracks 5 major pollutants: Ground level ozone; Carbon monoxide; Sulfur dioxide; Nitrogen dioxide; and Airborne particles, or aerosols. The two that cause […]

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Disaster Fatigue and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced disaster response around the world.  Several disasters have occurred throughout the world since the pandemic began with cyclones in India, hurricanes in the Atlantic and fires in Canada being just three examples.  While there is an immediate local disaster response, there are significantly less volunteers than normal (Montano).  This can […]

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Weather advisories easily explained

Weather alert

What are Weather Advisories in Alertable? These types of Advisories in Alertable are typically issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada (also referred to as “Environment Canada”). Due to Canada’s northern and wide-spread geography, we experience a tremendous range of weather conditions. Weather Advisories may be issued for conditions ranging from extreme cold and severe […]

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WARNING: It’s about to get hot!!

In recent weeks, Excessive Heat warnings have been a common occurrence across much of Canada. Like most other weather-related alerts in Canada, Heat warnings are issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada. But did you know that the conditions for Heat warnings vary by region? Previously there was a single threshold for Heat warnings across […]

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Why did I get an Emergency Alert on my Phone?

Emergency alerts are designed to deliver “critical and potentially life-saving emergency alert messages”  specific to your area.  (Emergency Management Ontario).  Each provincial and territorial government decides who has access to the national emergency alert system.  Federal and provincial agencies including police, provincial emergency management organizations, and Environment and Climate Change Canada issue the most alerts […]

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How to Combat the Effects of a Heat Wave

Heat waves are becoming more common, with daily record temperatures occurring twice as often as record lows (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions).  A recent study estimates that the yearly number of days over 37.7 degrees celsius will double and the number of days over 40.5 degrees celsius will triple when compared to the end […]

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How do you Prepare for an Emergency Evacuation?

On June 28, 2020, Sunday night in Utah, there were four major wildfires burning throughout the state.  Roughly 12,000 residents were evacuated from 3,100 homes (KSL Staff).   A local emergency has been declared and a temporary gathering area has been designated.  FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) says that evacuations are more common than most […]

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How do you Prepare for a Flood: Before, During and After?

Floods are the most common natural hazard in Canada.    Floods occur when there is an overflow of water onto land that is normally dry (Government of Canada).  It may happen with only a couple inches of water or water may submerge vehicles and buildings.  Floods can occur at any time throughout the year and […]

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Tornado Safety Tips and How to Get Alerts on Your Phone

Canada is ranked second in the world for the frequency of tornado strikes, with an average of 70 per year (Bezte).  While tornadoes have hit almost all regions of Canada, the Southern areas of Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan and Central Alberta are the most common (Bezte).  Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air that can […]

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