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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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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