City of Revelstoke explores emergency mobile phone alert system

The city currently communicates emergency information to the public through radio ads, newspapers and social media, but wants to introduce a system to provide mass emergency communication via cellphones.

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A screenshot from a mobile phone emergency alert system notification.

The City of Revelstoke is looking to enhance its emergency response program and wants to introduce a public emergency communication system. The city currently communicates emergency information to the public through radio ads, newspapers and social media.

Council gave approval for city staff to submit an application for $19,000 in funding to the UBCM Community Emergency Preparedness fund through the emergency operations centres and training stream.

Funding received through the UBCM program would be used to:

-Provide additional Emergency Operations Centre training for city staff.

-Conduct an EOC functional exercise to practice EOC processes and procedures and make recommendations to improve emergency response planning.

-Establish a public emergency communication system through mass notifications via cellular devices.

In his report to council, Revelstoke fire chief Rob Girard said the cost to maintain a mass notification system is estimated at $5,000 per year. This includes licensing, system updates and maintenance.

“This annual cost is included in subsequent years of the emergency management operating budget,” said Girard.

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