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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Province wins two international awards for emergency alert system



Government of Alberta

Alberta’s emergency public alerting system, Alberta Emergency Alert, has received two awards from the International Association of Emergency Managers for its innovation and use of technology.

“We have a tremendous emergency alert system that uses the latest technology, media, and social media to alert the public to emergencies,” said Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “This international recognition demonstrates our government's clear commitment to safe communities.”
Alberta's Emergency Alert system was upgraded in 2011 to make use of the latest technology to send out critical, life-saving information to Albertans over the internet, radio and television.

The program received two awards on October 30 at the International Association of Emergency Managers conference in Orlando, Florida. The organization described Alberta's system as unique in North America and innovative globally by empowering communities to issue alerts and enabling hundreds of local emergency managers across the province to quickly get emergency information directly to the public. It also noted that Alberta’s system uses technology, specifically through its use of social media, to share public safety information during emergencies.

Social media has become an essential way to share critical information and alert Albertans to emergencies. Alberta’s emergency alerting program has more than 25,600 followers on Facebook and another 19,000 followers on Twitter. Social media alerts are easily accessible and reach more people quickly, ensuring their safety and security when minutes count.

The International Association of Emergency Managers, iaem.com, is a non-profit international educational organization dedicated to promoting emergency management. It represents professionals from around the world whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters.

To subscribe to Alberta Emergency Alert or get more information visit emergencyalert.alberta.ca.

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