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General News · 21st January 2019
Shaun Koopman
Cortes Islanders

The purpose of this posting is to inform you that the SRD will be testing our Community Emergency Mass Notification System (Connect Rocket) this Thursday January 31st at 10:15am for Cortes Island. All 17 lists will be tested throughout the day and you will receive one notification for every list that you have signed up for.

Connect Rocket is the emergency mass notification system used by the Strathcona Regional District. Voice messages are sent to landlines, voice and text messages to mobile devices within a cell coverage area.

You can save the Connect Rocket community number (778-762-3201) in your mobile device – under a such as Emergency Notifications. This is the number you will always receive a call from, however the text message could come from a multitude of different numbers (that’s just how the system works).

Residents and visitors can sign up and manage their contact details at the Strathcona Regional District’s Connect Rocket web page https://strathconard.connectrocket.com/.

What is the difference between Connect Rocket and Alert Ready?????

The short story is that Connect Rocket is our local Strathcona RD that residents must sign up for to receive notifications to their landline and/or cellphone, while Alert Ready is controlled by senior levels or government and has the ability to push notifications to any mobile device (only) in a specific area given that mobile device meets a certain criteria (more on this below).

Alert Ready is a Canada-wide program that allows Emergency Management Operations in each province and territory to issue emergency alerts. These are sent to all mobile devices in an area (no signup required) and are not initiated by local governments.

To receive Alert Ready emergency alerts, a wireless device must be:
- a smartphone able to use the LTE (or 4G) network for high-speed wireless communication
- wireless Public Alerting compatible;
- have up-to-date software
- connected to an LTE cellular network at the time the emergency alert is issued and
- within the emergency area.
Alert Ready was most recently tested in B.C. on Wednesday November 28th.

Section 2(3)(e) of BC Reg.380/95 (Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation) requires that local authorities establish procedures by which those persons who may be harmed or who may suffer loss are notified of an emergency or impending disaster. This responsibility is recognized by public agencies who rely on the local authorities to be the primary source for public emergency alerts. The Strathcona Region District’s Emergency Program utilizes Connect Rocket to provide mass notifications.

If you have any comments or questions please reach out to me at 250-830-6702 or skoopmansrd.ca