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Test of High River Alert and Permanent Sirens

HIGH RIVER, AB: The Town will be testing its emergency notification systems at 12 p.m. on Wed., July 16. This is part of the Town’s emergency preparedness plan and will include a test of the permanent siren and High River Alert system.

The two permanent outdoor sirens are located at the Fire Hall (1010 5 Street S.E.) and on Riverside Drive N.W. and may not be heard indoors. These have replaced the temporary sirens that were used during previous tests.

The High River Alert notification system will be tested in tandem with the sirens. The system allows you to opt-in to receive emergency notifications via phone calls, text messaging and e-mail. To sign up for High River Alert click here:

Based on feedback from the previous test of the High River Alert system, the town has updated the call display to a local number. Telephone notifications will now be sent from call display 403-652-1536 and text message notifications will be sent from call display 89362. Subscribers can save these numbers in their contacts as “High River ALERT.”

Please do not call the above listed phone number as the system is automated and there will be no one to answer and no ability to leave a voice mail.

Once this initial test is complete, the sirens and alert will be tested quarterly on the first Wednesday of the month. The next tests are scheduled for August 6, 2014, November 5, 2014, and February 4, 2015.

In the event the sirens are activated to warn of a real emergency, more information and instructions will be provided by the Town. Anyone hearing the sirens should:

· Tune in to local television and radio stations (Sun Country 99.7 FM, Eagle 100.9 FM and AM1140)

· Log on to the Town website at,, and Twitter @TownOfHighRiver

· Look for notifications from High River ALERT or Alberta Emergency Alert

· If it’s safe to do so, notify neighbours, friends and family of the situation who may not have heard the siren

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  • Carol-Ann McKellar , July 14, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    We live on Riverside Green, backing onto the river and the partially rebuilt berm. We have been watching the ongoing construction of the berms around town and wonder if there is a development plan with a target completion date and if in fact there is anyone overseeing and giving direction to the construction. The work seems to be very haphazard with a little bit of activity here and there but nowhere is it being
    done with any consistency with an aim to finish each portion and then move onto the next site. I know the berms are “functionally complete”
    but organization seems to be completely lacking. Is Tervita working on an open contract?

    The water truck wets the berm a couple of times a day when there is no traffic on it including on the weekend. Is the water truck being paid by the nbr. of trips he makes?

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