Mass emergency alerts here

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has come out with a mass notification system to issue emergency alerts for residents who sign up for it.

The system enables to RDOS to send out "urgent emergency notifications and public safety communications" to subscribed residents.

It is only available to residents in Electoral Areas A through H in the regional district.

Alerts can be sent by email, text message and text-to-voice alerts to landlines, and will be sent to residents in specific electoral areas.

RDOS chief administrative officer Bill Newell said the software "will provide a way for our Emergency Operations Centre to communicate with the public instantly and effectively."

Within a month, the RDOS hopes the emergency alert system will also include "routine notifications," which includes water and sewer notices, land use public meeting notices and community event updates.

Information on signing up for the notices can be found here.

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