Posted: February 21, 2018
February 22, 2018
For Immediate Release
TOFINO BEGINS MONTHLY TESTING OF EMERGENCY MASS NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
(“ONE CALL NOW”)
TOFINO B.C. – Beginning Friday, March 2, 2018, the District of Tofino will be testing the One Call Now emergency alert system at the same time as the outdoor warning sirens. Testing is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on the first Friday of each month in order to ensure our notification systems are in working order, and to engage the community in emergency preparedness.
Since the tsunami warning event on January 23rd, 2018, the District of Tofino has heard a range of feedback from residents about lessons learned and how the District can improve its emergency notification system. Immediately following the event, the District committed to begin testing the One Call Now system once a month to ensure that those who are signed up can confirm they are receiving notifications.
Residents can visit www.tofino.ca/email-subscription to sign up or to log in to an existing account and update contact information or subscription options.
The system currently allows subscribers to opt-in to email notifications, phone calls, and text messages – or a combination of all three. However, cell service providers require subscribers to agree to receive text messages before you can be contacted by One Call Now. Instructions for signing up and opting in are listed on the webpage above, or the public can contact the District of Tofino for help setting up an account.
One Call Now is just one component of Tofino’s overall Emergency Notification System. The system is used in combination with several other methods to achieve the most effective warning to the public. Other methods include:
- Outdoor Warning Sirens – Cox Bay, North Chesterman, Mid Chesterman
- Social media @TofinoEmergency, @TofinoCA, District of Tofino Facebook;
- District news letter subscription list (Sign up at www.tofino.ca/email-subscription);
There are also a number of Provincial, Federal, and International emergency notification services available for subscription which can be found on the recently updated Emergency Preparedness and new Tsunami Information webpages.
Keith Orchiston, Emergency Program Coordinator
District of Tofino
250-725-3229 ext. 708
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