Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Canada introduces a new emergency alert system

A new, national, emergency alert system is now in place with the goal to alert you immediately if a potentially life-threatening event threatens your community. Alert Ready delivers public safety messages across the country through local television and radio broadcasters.
Developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, plus Environment Canada and the broadcast industry, Alert Ready is operated by The Weather Network. The system delivers critical warnings to residents through television and radio, as well as through their cable or satellite service provider. Alert Ready provides a simple, easily accessible method to share alerts immediately, so you know when to take action to keep safe.
“From more common alerts such as tornados, floods and wild fires to other less frequent, but equally dangerous events like biohazards or landslides, the Alert Ready system is in place to keep audiences informed of potential dangers,” says Paul Temple, senior vice-president of regulatory and strategic affairs at The Weather Network. “The system benefits all of us by giving everyone immediate exposure to important, life-saving information allowing them to take action and protect themselves, their families and property.”
Canadians can expect the number and type of public safety messages to range from province to province. Participating radio, television, cable and satellite companies will broadcast the alerts that are most relevant to the communities they serve. The scope of alerts covers the examples above, as well as things such as train derailments, industrial fires, water contamination and missing persons, even informational alerts such as frost warnings. The list is not limited to weather or environmental warnings.
More information is available online at, including examples of the alert notifications, links to provincial and territorial emergency preparedness resources and helpful videos to assist Canadians in being prepared for emergencies.

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