The City of Steinbach will be sending out a test message to residents using the Steinbach Alert Now Emergency Notification System on Wednesday, May 10th between 5 and 6 p.m. Residents who have not signed up for the service are encouraged to do so at www.steinbachalertnow.ca before the test. This system check coincides with Emergency Preparedness Week, May 7-13th. This year, the theme is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware. It is meant to help Canadians take action to protect themselves and their families during emergencies.
“We want to ensure the system is working the way we need it to,” said Denis Vassart, Emergency Planning Coordinator for Steinbach, "but just because Steinbach has a notification system doesn't mean residents shouldn't be thinking about their our own emergency preparedness plans for their families. This includes things like purchasing a weather radio, planning a fire evacuation route, and packing a 72-hour emergency kit."
During the test notification, residents and businesses may receive a combination of email, voice and text messages and they will be given instructions on how to confirm receipt of the messages. This will be important during a real emergency to gauge how many citizens have been informed of the situation.
For those people who have not signed up, but receive a test notification call on their home or business phone, it’s important they complete the full sign-up so the city can contact them using the most efficient method – cell phone, text message, email or home phone - during an emergency.
“The service is only as good as the contact information we have,” says Vassart, “Signing up is the only way to guarantee you will receive notifications during an emergency.”
The city completes bi-annual testing of the Steinbach Alert Now system in the spring and fall. For more information about Steinbach Alert Now visit www.steinbachalertnow.ca or call 204-346-6575.