You may have noticed an alarm blaring on your cell phone, tablet or laptop Wednesday afternoon.
This as the National Alert System was tested.
RDEK communications officer Loree Duczek wants to make sure residents know that the alert system is not able to be used for local emergencies and local governments don’t have access to it.
“That system here in BC is really only intended to be implemented for tsunamis,” says Duczek. “People won’t get an evacuation alert or order notification through that National Alert System here in BC at this time.”
Duczek says there is a system in the works that will be able to notify British Columbians of provincial and local emergencies, but that likely won’t be available until 2020.
“The province is actually working on an Alert BC notification system that is intended to push those types of notification systems like evacuation alerts and orders to mobile phones in different geographic areas,” Duczek says. “That system is not likely going to be available until 2020 for the public.”
The RDEK is also working on a local mass notification system that residents can sign up for to get alerts about local wide-scale emergencies like floods or fires.
– Loree Duczek – Communications Officer, Regional District of East Kootenay