Kamloops, BC—April 16, 2021—the Thompson-Nicola Regional District will be sending a test alert on April 23, 2021 at 10:30 am through its emergency notification system, Voyent Alert! The test alert will go out by SMS text, phone call, email, and as a notification through the app, depending on what type of messaging each individual has registered for.
“Unlike the provincial system currently used for tsunamis and earthquakes, residents must subscribe first to receive these alerts. We encourage all TNRD residents to do so ahead of the 2021 flood and wildfire seasons”, says Kevin Skrepnek, TNRD Emergency Program Coordinator.
Since the system was launched in June 2020, the TNRD has been using it to send advisories to residents on its community water systems. With nearly 2,000 active subscribers, the regional district wants to see that number grow.
In the event of an evacuation alert or order being put in place due to flood or wildfire, this alert system will be a vital way of alerting and updating the public. If a critical incident notification is pushed out, the message will include need-to-know details, including a very brief overview of the incident and instructions if any action is required.
It’s a simple process and anonymous to sign up and receive alerts from the TNRD. Visit www.tnrd.ca/emergency-alerts for more details, and download the Voyent Alert! app from GooglePlay or Apple’s App Store.
Michelle Nordstrom, Manager of Communications and Marketing
Thompson-Nicola Regional District