What is a Public Alert Notification System? (PANS) – In the case of a public safety incident, the Public Alert Notification system will be used to deliver critical and potentially life- saving alerts to residents and stakeholders who have registered. This information can help you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what to expect.
When will the system be used? – This notification system will send alerts for public safety incidents such as earthquakes, tsunami alerts, or evacuation notices. Any alerts sent over Alert Ready (Wireless Public Alerting System provided by the Provincial and Federal Government) takes precedence over any notifications sent via the Public Alert Notification System.
How will I receive notifications? – Notifications can be received by: Home phone, cell phone, work phone, email, SMS Text Message. When a notification is issued, multiple attempts will be made for each telephone number provided until you confirm receipt of the message. Email and SMS Text Messages will be sent only once.
Will my contact information be shared? – No. The information provided is confidential and will only be used by your local government for notification purposes.
What if I don’t sign up? – You will only receive notifications if you sign up for this service. However, if you choose to not sign up, information will still be available through the CRD website, local media coverage, Twitter, and your local Emergency Program.
What is my local Emergency Program? – The Capital Regional District (CRD) is the local authority under the Emergency Program Act for the Juan de Fuca, Salt Spring and Southern Gulf Islands electoral areas.
Contact your local emergency program coordinator to learn more about emergency preparedness. Salt Spring Island Emergency Program: 250.537.1220