District of Muskoka launches emergency alert app
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The District of Muskoka’s Emergency Response Committee has launched the #AlertMuskoka app thanks to a partnership with the Voyent Alert! system.
It’s available for free on the Apple and Android stores. Chief of Paramedic Services and Emergency Planning for the District Jeff McWilliam says you can provide personal information, or sign up anonymously. “It doesn’t matter to us,” he says. “What matters to us is that you get signed up and that you can receive those emergency alerts when we need to push them out.”
McWilliam explains it works like the province’s Amber Alert system. “Rather than the province pushing out the information, our team will be pushing out information that is Muskoka specific in a very timely matter,” he says. For example, he says alerts would have been sent out in January when Bracebridge was under a boil water advisory with follow-ups to update the situation. McWilliam says the app will only be used for emergency situations that everyone needs to know about. He jokes that it’s not going to be used to send out updates about a parade happening in downtown Huntsville.
McWilliam explains that the app is an “interrupting service” like the Amber Alert app. “It’s sound you will not mistake for anything else,” he says.
To download the app, search for “Voyent Alert!” on the Apple or Android stores. You can sign up online for email or text alerts.