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City to test Emergency Alert System in April

On Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, the City of Lloydminster will be conducting a city-wide test of its Emergency Alert System.

The test will be executed via phone calls to numbers listed in the White Pages and Yellow Pages of the phone book.

Residents will receive a call with a pre-recorded message and will merely be asked to “press 1” to hear the complete message. No further involvement with be required of members of the public who receive the call.

Don Stang, the Director of Community Services for the City explained that the test is to ensure that the City can “quickly communicate with residents in case of a real emergency situation,”

The annual city-wide testing is the best way to see if improvements need to be made to the system, increase public awareness about the alerts and help residents prepare in the event of an actual emergency scenario, and simply to test the capacity and resiliency of the system in its ability to notify all residents when time is of the essence.

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“Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility and efficient communication can help save lives when disaster strikes,” says Stang.

To receive updates and information via cell phone, text, or email, residents can sign up online at www.lloydminster.ca/EmergencyAlert

Those already registered may receive an additional test notification on the 20th.

On testing day, questions or concerns with respect to the Emergency Alert System can be directed to 780-875-6184 Ext. 7501

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