Do you live, work, or play within the City of Vernon? Want to stay up-to-date on emergency notifications in case of a wildfire, flood, or hazardous materials incident? Sign up today to receive emergency information from the City of Vernon through its NEW notification system: Alertable.
WHY SIGN UP?
During an emergency event, it’s important to get local information that is trusted, accurate, and timely. The City of Vernon is expanding its ability to share time sensitive emergency-related information with its residents, businesses, and visitors, by connecting digitally through the Alertable system.
If you need to shelter-in-place or evacuate, these notifications will give you the information you need to become aware of the situation and take action to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
All residents in the Greater Vernon area are encouraged to sign up to receive notifications from Alertable. This system is used by the City of Vernon and many neighbouring jurisdictions.
Once you sign up, be sure to follow 'Vernon, BC'. You can also add your home address and follow other communities that use the Alertable notification system, to stay up-to-date where you live, work and explore.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Use the links below to sign up for emergency notifications from the City of Vernon. Registration is FREE, simple and anonymous. You get to choose how you receive notifications.
- Mobile app alerts: download the Alertable app for iOS and Android smartphones from the Apple or Google Play stores. The mobile app is the recommended option for using the system and will also allow users to access DriveBC and Environment Canada weather alerts.
- Text message or voice call alerts: sign up using the button below.
- Email alerts: sign up at vernon.ca/subscribe.
- Desktop and browser notifications: sign up at alertable.ca.
- Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant: install the Alertable skill and action for these home devices.
Once you sign up, be sure to follow 'Vernon, BC'. You can also add your home address and follow other communities that use Alertable to stay up-to-date throughout the region.
Please note: Only critical notifications from the City of Vernon (i.e., Evacuation Orders) will be delivered by phone call or text message. However, all types of notifications will be delivered via the Alertable app, home speaker systems, alertable.ca, email, and social media.
The City of Vernon will continue posting all emergency notifications on this website and its social media channels (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, using the handle @CityofVernon), as well as distributing news releases and working closely with local media outlets to keep the public informed.
So I’m now on Alertable, what do I need to know?
Once you’ve downloaded the app, check your settings to make sure you’re receiving the notifications you want to receive.
When you receive an alert from the system:
Stop. Take a look or listen to your device.
Breathe. There is no need to panic, even if you are being put on Evacuation Order. It is important to remain calm so you can understand the instructions.
Read. Please read the entire notification. Often the area notified by the Alertable system will be larger than the actual alert area. There may be links to more specific maps and information as part of the Alertable notification. You may need to click the down-arrow to see all of the text included with the notification. Calling the City before you have read the entire notification ties up emergency program resources at what can be a very critical time. If you need more information or assistance, please visit the City’s website at www.vernon.ca or call 250-545-1361.
Remember, you are in charge of your settings, so please take the time to ensure you have Alertable set up the way that suits you best.