SC Alert system-wide test scheduled for all subscribers

June 30, 2015

SC Alert system-wide test scheduled for all subscribers

A test alert will be sent to all Strathcona County Alert (SC Alert) system subscribers on Wednesday,  July 8, 2015 as part of the final testing of the emergency notification system fixes. True alerts will continue to be sent as required (e.g. weather warnings).

Due to unexpected technical issues, the SC Alert system was unable to send mass notifications from June 8 to 29, 2015.

“Since discovering the technical issue, we have been working to bring the notification system back online,” says Fire Chief Iain Bushell. “As always, we take resident safety very seriously, and had measures in place to share emergency information through other communication channels.” A full listing of emergency notification channels is online.

The system-wide test alert will allow Strathcona County to ensure all subscribers receive notifications. Subscribers are encouraged to log into their profile to ensure contact information and priority of alert message delivery (example: text first, then home phone) is correct.

SC Alert sends emergent, significant and time sensitive emergency alerts affecting Strathcona County to voluntary subscribers. Subscribers can choose to receive messages through the following options: home phone, work phone, cell phone, email and text messages.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 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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Media Inquiries: For interview requests, please email emergencyinfo@strathcona.ca and provide reporter contact information and timelines.

Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595