District of Kent Municipal Hall. (Adam Louis/Observer)

District of Kent Municipal Hall. (Adam Louis/Observer)

District of Kent adopts public alerting system

Alertable is a free emergency broadcast app

The District of Kent is officially connected to Alertable.

During their Dec. 12 meeting, the District of Kent Council approved the Public Alerting System Policy, which sets out guidelines for the district’s use of the Alertable emergency alert system.

This free alert system is avilable as an app or a web browser extension to delivery a variety of emergency alerts in real time, including traffic incident and severe weather alerts. The system allows local governments to deliver alerts via the app, text messages, email and even on local landlines.

RELATED: Harrison Hot Springs joins Alertable

Signup for Alertable is free, and it can be paired with iOS or Android smartphones, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Teams and Slack workplace communications in addition to emails, text messages and phone calls.

The Village of Harrison Hot Springs set out their own Alertable protocols in March.

In other council business:

– The Agassiz Fire Department reported an extremely busy November, logging more than 1,000 hours of time. A significant portion of this time was spent on the Limbert Mountain wildfire that ignited on Nov. 17 and burned until about Nov. 22. The AFD established fire guards around four homes and a dairy farm and a 24/7 fire watch until it was deemed under control.

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– The Community Recreation and Cultural Centre (CRCC) reported a total of about $750 in Agassiz brand merchandise, which was approved back in October as a way to not only promote the community but to support the future Regional Aquatic Centre, an indoor pool facility to be built adjacent to the CRCC.

– The district released an item from an in-camera meeting held on Nov. 14 concerning electric vehicle chargers. Staff was directed to change the charging stations to pay-per-use stations at the rate of $4 per hour.

The next regular District of Kent Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2023 at 7 p.m. at Municipal Hall (7170 Cheam Avenue). Online attendance is also available via Microsoft Teams; those interested can register through kentbc.ca.

adam.louis@ ahobserver.com

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