Weather warnings to be removed from SC Alerts

November 25, 2015

Weather warnings to be removed from SC Alerts

Effective December 1, 2015, the Strathcona County Alert (SC Alerts) system will no longer issue weather warnings, unless there is an immediate threat to life safety. SC Alerts had been re-broadcasting Environment Canada issued weather warnings, such as freezing rain warnings.

“Strathcona County Emergency Services continually reviews its emergency alerting system as part of its commitment to community safety,” says Fire Chief Iain Bushell. “The decision to remove weather alerts was based on resident feedback, internal resourcing, industry best practices and acknowledgement of other immediate ways to receive weather-related information.”

Weather warnings with an emergency call to action (for example, a tornado) will continue to be issued via the SC Alert system as a mandatory alert to all subscribers.

“The removal of the non-emergency weather warnings on the SC Alert system will reduce the frequency of alerts, which will result in increasing the perceived urgency of any other emergent messages sent on the SC Alert system,” says Bushell.

Residents are encouraged to seek local weather related information from Environment Canada, local media or by downloading weather-specific apps for mobile devices.

The Strathcona County Alert system was publicly launched on January 14, 2014. Since then, over 6,000 people have signed up to receive alerts. The system is intended to be used for time-sensitive information that affects the day-to-day lives of County residents.

Sign up for SC Alerts or phone 780-410-8550 for more information.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 95,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595