HIGH RIVER, AB: On July 15 subscribers to the High River Alert system will now be able to receive additional alerts from seven other municipalities in the Foothills region.
“This is a really exciting development for our region and a step that provides significant value to High River residents,” says Mayor Craig Snodgrass.
Through the Town of High River’s collaboration with the Foothills Regional Emergency Services Commission (FRESC), municipalities in the Foothills/Vulcan region will now be combined under one alert system to better serve the region and provide critical information to more people.
“People may live in High River, but work in Black Diamond, and send their kids to summer camp in Okotoks. Now they have the ability to receive alerts from all of those places with their one High River Alert account,” said Carly Benson, director of emergency management with the Town.
The full list of municipalities includes Longview, Turner Valley, MD of Foothills, Black Diamond, Okotoks, Vulcan, Vulcan County and the Town of High River.
Anyone who is currently signed up to the High River Alert system will NOT lose any of their account information or be required to re-subscribe.
“Nothing will change for current High River Alert users unless they choose to log in to their account and subscribe to receive additional alerts,” says Benson. “Current users can easily customize their accounts based on the type of alerts they would like to receive and from which municipality.”
Any High River Alert users who are having difficulty accessing their account or have additional questions can call the Town at 403-603-3476.
The High River Alert system was implemented in May 2014; it currently has approximately 4,200 subscribers and is tested three times per year.