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General News · 8th June 2020
Elaine Popove SRD

June 8, 2020 - Testing, testing – are you signed up for emergency notifications?

In preparation of wildfire season, emergency notification systems will be tested later this month throughout the Region.

“The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) is reminding everyone to make sure you and your loved ones are as safe as possible in an emergency. By signing up to receive notifications, this will help you know what to do and where to go in the event of a disaster,” says Michele Babchuk, SRD Board Chair. “The best thing people can do to prepare for wildfire season is to review the FireSmart Homeowner’s Guide, have their evacuation kit ready and ensure they are signed up to receive local emergency notifications with the Connect Rocket system.”

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

Test Date/Time Cortes Island
Monday June 15th
1:30 pm

If you have signed up to receive notifications for only one area, you will receive only one message. If you have signed up for multiple lists, then you will receive multiples notifications throughout the testing period.

There are a total of 17 community notification lists. To not inconvenience people who have signed up for multiple lists, not all lists will be tested during this schedule. The remaining lists will be tested in October in preparation for the winter storm season.

“Provided that there is access to the Internet, we would use this service to notify residents within the different communities of the Region,” says Shaun Koopman, SRD Protective services Coordinator. “When we test the system or use it in the event of a real emergency, residents will receive a text message, landline voice message, and cell phone voice message for notifications.”

Residents and visitors can sign up and manage their contact details online at or if you do not have access to the internet, please call 250-830-6702.

For more information on how to better prepare yourself in a an emergency and to view the FireSmart Homeowner’s guide, visit

Media Contact:
Shaun Koopman, SRD Protective Services Coordinator