Surge in signups to public alert apps in Nova Scotia

The Alertable public alerting service has seen a surge of over 300% in new signups and traffic this week due to the mass shooting that took place in Nova Scotia. This nationally available public alert system is relied upon by hundreds of thousands of Canadians to warn them about impending threats like tornados, fires, floods, […]

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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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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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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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Sounding the alarm but no one is listening

An emergency alert system is only as effective as the number of people it can reach. The latest and greatest processes, procedures and technology can quickly become ineffective if nobody hears, or sees, the alerts. This challenge is faced by some mass notification solutions that are reliant upon citizens signing up and supplying personal information […]

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I’ve been alerted, now what do I do?

We all lead busy lives and emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, at the most inopportune times, so how should you react when you get an unexpected alert? In movies and television, you’ll see fictionalized accounts of running screaming through the streets when an alert is received, looting and causing mayhem. Those portrayals are fiction and […]

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