TNRD testing their emergency alert system

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The Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) will be testing their emergency alert system on April 23, 2021 by sending out a test alert at 10:30 am.

The emergency notification system Voyent Alert! Will notify users by SMS text, phone call, email or through the app, dependent upon which message each individual has registered for.

“Unlike the provincial system currently used for tsunamis and earthquakes, residents must subscribe first to receive these alerts,” says Kevin Skrepnek, TNRD Emergency Program Coordinator.

“We encourage all TNRD residents to do so ahead of the 2021 flood and wildfire seasons.”

The emergency alert system was launched in June 2020, and since then the TNRD has been using it to send advisories to residents on its various community water systems.

Currently, there are 2,000 active subscribers. However, with a population of approximately 133,000, TNRD officials would like to see more people registering for the service.

Those who receive emergency alerts will be notified in the event of an evacuation order or alert being issued due to flood or wildfire. If a critical incident notification is released, the message will include a brief overview of the incident, need-to-know details and instructions if any action is required.

Signing up for alerts is a simple process, and those who opt in will remain anonymous. Visit www.tnrd.ca/emergency-alerts for more information, and download the Voyent Alert! app through GooglePlay or the Apple App Store.

Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald