An emergency kit is needed to be available at home in case of unforeseen disasters. (PQB News file photo)

An emergency kit is needed to be available at home in case of unforeseen disasters. (PQB News file photo)

District of Kitimat set to test emergency notification system during emergency preparedness week

The alert is set to go out on May 3 at 11:00 a.m.

May 1 to May 7 is Emergency Preparedness Week and the District of Kitimat is using it as an opportunity to test its emergency notification system. The alert is set to go out on May 3 at 11 a.m.

“The District of Kitimat has a very responsive notification system which can quickly inform residents of emergencies but also of other important matters,” said Kitimat Fire Chief and Emergency Program Coordinator Trent Bossence. “We hope our upcoming test will be a valuable opportunity for our community to get more familiar with this system.”

The District uses a system called Voyent Alert which is a multi-purpose communications service. Its primary purpose is to provide emergency communications information, users can also receive non-emergency notifications.

Residents that had previously enrolled in the RapidNotify system are now in the new system for emergency notifications from the District.

“The District uses this service regularly to share information such as road closures or water issues, but unless you have explicitly selected these categories you might be missing out on important community information,” said Bossence.

More information about emergency preparedness can be found on the District of Kitimat’s website.

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