Sidney, BC; In the event of an emergency, a tested and
proven crisis communication and emergency mass notification system is critical
to help ensure Sidney residents’ and stakeholders’ safety and wellbeing.
Recognizing this, the Town of Sidney has chosen ERMS as an emergency mass notification service provider. The new
system will be made available for subscription in October of this year.
The ERMS system
supports outbound and inbound messaging on all commonly used platforms
including; phone (mobile, landline, or satellite), browser (desktop or mobile),
SMS, email, mobile app, fax, and Twitter/Facebook/RSS feeds.
Residents and stakeholders subscribing to the Town of Sidney
Emergency Mass Notification System will be notified of a potential threat to
their safety and wellbeing such as severe weather, fire, tsunami, hazardous
materials release, or other dangerous situation, on the communication device(s)
of their choice. Following the initial message, further updates will be
distributed as the situation progresses. This system also allows for residents
and stakeholders to communicate back to the Town, for purposes such as advising
of their current status; not okay, do not require assistance at this time, and
so on. The ERMS system allows specifically targeted areas to be notified to
prevent over notification. For example, if a gas leak is affecting only a few
streets, these affected streets will be the only residents and stakeholders to
Individual subscription is required, as subscribers will be
providing contact information specific to their personal devices, such as phone
numbers and email addresses.
Many factors contributed
to the selection of EMRS as the
Town’s mass notification provider, one of which is that it is the only Canadian
provider of an enterprise mass notification system and is the only mass
notification system certified to supply the government of Canada. This ensures
data stays in Canada and is not subject to the US Patriot Act.
Information on how to subscribe to this new Town of Sidney
public safety initiative will roll out in October. Subscription information will be provided in
Town Talk, as well as the Town of Sidney and Sidney Fire Department websites,
and through social media.
Chief Mikkelsen, PMP
Sidney Fire Department