Gateway Gazette

Test of permanent sirens and High River Alert scheduled for Sept. 2

 

HIGH RIVER, AB: The Town will be performing a test of its emergency notification systems at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2 for the first time since the High River Alert system was regionalized in July.

This test is part of the Town’s ongoing emergency preparedness plan and will include a test of the new alert system and the permanent outdoor sirens.

“The High River Alert system is now part of the Safe Communities Alert Network (SCAN) which includes Longview, Turner Valley, MD of Foothills, Black Diamond, Okotoks, Vulcan, Vulcan County and the Town of High River,” says Carly Benson, interim director of emergency management with the Town.

In July, SCAN was created through the Town of High River’s collaboration with the Foothills Regional Emergency Services Commission (FRESC) in order to combine the alert systems of municipalities in the Foothills/Vulcan region.

All future tests of the High River Alert system will be done via SCAN and all registered users from each municipality will receive a test. Subscribers will also notice that test alerts phone calls will come from (403) 403-933-6568, emails from Safe Communities Alert Network and text messages from 89362.

The permanent sirens are meant for outdoor notifications only and most people will not be able to hear them inside. Tests of the sirens typically last between one to three minutes, but in a real emergency the sirens will sound continuously.

“In the event the sirens are activated to warn of a real emergency, it means that you need to take immediate action to keep yourself and your family safe,” adds Benson.

When residents hear the sirens, they can go to one of the following sources to find potential life-saving information:

  • Tune in to local television and radio stations (Sun Country 99.7 FM, Eagle 100.9 FM and AM1140)
  • Look for notifications from High River ALERT, SCAN or Alberta Emergency Alert
  • Log on to www.highriver.ca, Facebook.com/highriver.ca, and Twitter @TownofHighRiver
  • Be safe and follow directions from emergency officials

If it’s safe to do so, notify neighbours, friends and family of the situation who may not have received a warning.

The sirens and alerts will continue to be tested three times each year on the first Wednesday in January, May and September. For more information, please visit www.hrready.ca

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