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: https://member.everbridge.net/index/1332612387832073#/login

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 www.highriver.ca, www.facebook.com/highriver.ca, 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