News Release - SaskAlert App Now Available
SaskAlert App Now Available
MOOSE JAW - One of the biggest challenges in protecting the public is early notification of urgent events such as severe weather or hazardous materials spills. “Early notification of the public is one of the most important steps we can take as emergency managers in helping protect our citizens,” says Brian Wilson, City of Moose Jaw Emergency Measures Coordinator.
“We’ve been asking residents and visitors to monitor our social media channels for quite some time now, this new app provides a way for Saskatchewan residents to be aware of all alerts wherever they are, and they can also monitor specific locations, such as where they have family or friends,” said Wilson.
The app is easy to use, and is a free download from both Android and IOS app stores. Once installed, users can setup specific locations and adjust the app settings to follow their location so they get the most pertinent notifications based on where they happen to be at any given moment.
“We need everyone to take an active part in helping prepare themselves, and downloading this free app is a very simple first step in looking after your well-being and safety,” said Wilson.
The City of Moose Jaw’s Emergency Measures Organisation is part of a provincial initiative to utilize the National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination System (NAAD) to provide early notification and warning of critical events. Those alerts go to area broadcasters including television and radio, and are also broadcast on the Weather Network (television and app), along with SaskAlert. Users can set their app to only display “critical alerts” if they want to limit the number of alerts they receive.
The City’s Emergency Measures Organisation, an arm of the Fire Department, is looking at opportunities to raise awareness about the new provincial imitative at upcoming events.
Brian Wilson, Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) Coordinator
City of Moose Jaw
(306) 692-2792, ext. 8