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Keremeos' Resident Notification System
In an emergency such as flooding, wildfire or a noxious gas leak, emergency officials do their very best to communicate with residents quickly, but message fan-outs and door-knocks can take precious time and resources. In the first hours, only the most at-risk may be contacted, while others may not be aware of the local emergency, or anxiously searching for direction. Residents with impaired mobility, sight or hearing may feel more vulnerable as they await news.
The Village of Keremeos has recently subscribed to a Resident Notification System that will allow us to simultaneously text, email and voice message all residents in the community, alerting citizens to an imminent threat at the earliest possible time, and then echoing up-to-the-minute instructions from emergency responders.
In order to notify residents through the system, we need to collect information. Sign-up takes about 60 seconds (see link below) or simply contact the Village Office.
We urge all residents to sign up for the notifications by following the link below:
Subscribers will also receive neighbourhood safety warnings through the system. Using the mapping feature shown below, the Village can warn of local hazards, such as:
- Broken water main
- Dangerous wildlife frequenting a residential area
- Road failures or closures
The system enables Village staff to simply draw around a geographic area on the map, then simultaneously message all residents in the area within minutes.
Statutory notifications, such as local notices of rezoning or a land use application in your neighbourhood, will also be sent through the system (via email only).
Residents who are currently subscribed to receive the Village news updates via email should sign up through the new system to receive emergency notifications as well, and tick the "Also wish to receive Keremeos news to my email" box to continue receiving news emails.
For those who have yet to sign up for the Keremeos news, we recommend it! The kinds of things the Village sends news emails about include:
- Found dogs
- Notices on fire bans and watering restrictions
- Council and Public Hearing agendas
- Public Open Houses and opportunities to voice your opinion
- Planned road closures and other public works
- Information on new programs, offers and services
Subscribers to the Keremeos news can expect about one or two news emails weekly. If you're interested in receiving this kind of email news, simply tick the "Also wish to receive Keremeos news to my email" box at the bottom of the sign up form.
Should you have an impairment that you wish for emergency officials to be aware of (such as a mobility issue, hearing or sight impairment), you may tick the "Contact wishes to make officials aware of an impairment" box. Village staff may contact these individuals to collect more information.
Help us keep the emergency contact numbers up to date!
Remember to let the Village Office know if:
- your contact information changes
- if you are moving or wish to be removed from the list
- if you wish to amend your profile to include or exclude Village news emails
Please urge newcomers to the community to sign up on the Village website!
Are you ready?
The notification system is not a substitute for developing your own emergency plans and support systems. It is recommended that every resident be prepared to be without power, water and possibly other services for 72 hours. For tips on preparing yourself for an emergency, go to www.getprepared.gc.ca
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