MISSISSAUGA – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has partnered with Alertable, a Canadian public emergency alert app, to offer residents real-time flood alerts right to their mobile devices through push notifications.
Alertable is free for users to download and use via the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and on alertable.ca. Governments and other public agencies that offer the service can post emergency alerts of various types for specific geographic areas.
“CVC’s role is to protect people and property from flooding,” said John Sinnige, Director of Watershed Management for Credit Valley Conservation. “One of the ways we do this is by maintaining a flood forecasting and warning system. When flooding is possible, we issue warning messages to municipal emergency management officials, the media and residents.”
CVC issues flood warnings directly to watershed residents though the CVC website, Facebook account, Twitter account, and now through the Alertable app – expanding the reach of CVC’s direct-to-resident flood warnings.
“Every second counts in a flood emergency,” said Sinnige. “Alertable helps residents living in flood-prone areas stay up-to-date on CVC flood warnings without having to actively search for that information.”
CVC began piloting the Alertable system in July and as of mid-October, 2,677 residents were subscribed to CVC alerts through the system.
Alertable also offers Environment Canada weather related alerts based on geographic area. The alerts are audible on multiple types of devices including smart speakers. Instead of more traditional mailing lists, users can receive alerts without having to provide any personal contact information to CVC, enhancing privacy protection.
To learn more and download the app, visit https://cvc.ca/watershed-science/flood-warning-and-forecasting/.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed. That watershed is the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains (“sheds”) into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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