Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has partnered with Alertable to offer residents real-time flood alerts that can be sent to their mobile devices through push notifications.
Alertable, a Canadian public emergency alert app, is free for users to download and use through the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and alertable.ca.
“CVC’s role is to protect people and property from flooding,” said John Sinnige, director of watershed management at Credit Valley Conservation. “One of the ways we do this is by maintaining a flood forecasting and warning system. When flooding is possible, we issue warning messages to municipal emergency management officials, the media, and residents.”
CVC issues flood warnings directly to watershed residents though CVC’s website, Facebook account, Twitter account, and now through the Alertable app. The app expands the reach of CVC’s direct-to-resident flood warnings.
“Every second counts in a flood emergency,” said Sinnige. “Alertable helps residents living in flood-prone areas stay up-to-date on CVC flood warnings without having to actively search for that information.”
Instead of more traditional mailing lists, users can receive alerts without having to provide any personal contact information to CVC, enhancing privacy protection.
More information about the app is available here.