A new text message service that will notify residents during an active emergency has been introduced by the City of Penticton.
Residents who choose to sign up for the service will have alerts sent to their devices when an evacuation alert has been issued as a result of a flood, fire, or other disasters.
“In times of an emergency, we want the public to have the information and instructions they need to protect themselves, their family, their neighbours and their friends,” said Penticton mayor John Vassilaki.
“This new service provides an additional option for the community to receive emergency information directly. I recommend everyone sign up for this new service ahead of the summer.”
Texts will only be issued during an active emergency, however, the city is set to test messages periodically over the next few months so that people can confirm their subscriptions.
“The emergency texts are an additional service that make it possible to receive emergency information about evacuation alerts and orders directly without the need to search for it,” said JoAnne Kleb, the city’s communications and engagement manager.
Residents can unsubscribe to the service at any time.