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notifynow TEST successful: residents encouraged to sign-up for free public safety notification service

For immediate release: December 4, 2019 - 4:31pm
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The City of Saskatoon’s Emergency Management Organization (EMO) reports that this morning’s 10:00 a.m. city-wide notifynow TEST message was successfully delivered to 87,996 contacts using 141,029 message pathways (text, phone message, and email).

“Saskatoon’s population is now over 270,000 and growing. To date, we’ve had just over 26,000 residents customize their notifynow profile,” says Pamela Goulden-McLeod, Director of Emergency Management. “We have had an increase in sign-ups since we sent a notifynow message last month, but we would really like to see more residents customize their profile, telling notifynow how to best reach them. Notifynow can’t reach you and your family if you have incomplete or out-of-date contact information in the notifynow system.”   

Did you receive your notifynow TEST message today? Notifynow is a free service and these important safety messages can help you be prepared, connected and informed in the event of a city-wide emergency or one affecting only your neighbourhood.

“If you have a phone number that is publicly available, you may be in the notifynow system,” Goulden-McLeod says. “However, we encourage residents to visit the City’s website to tell us how they want to receive their notifynow public safety notification messages.”

Goulden-McLeod says people can receive notifynow messages on their cell phone, by text and email, and also register up to five different addresses that are important to them.

“To ensure you receive notifynow public safety information messages, you must have at least one address registered.”

It’s easy to customize your notifynow profile and your communication preferences. Signing-up lets you choose your preferred communication method. Help notifynow reach you - and more Saskatoon residents with timely, trusted and targeted public safety notification messages.

“Notifynow messages should play an important part of your family’s emergency preparedness plan,” adds Goulden-McLeod. “These public safety notification messages can tell you what to do, what to expect, or even where to go in an emergency situation, and this greatly helps to reduce stress for you and those you care about.”

Last month, at the request of the Saskatoon Police Service, a city-wide notifynow public safety notification was sent to alert Saskatoon residents on the escape of two inmates.

The notifynow system issued a public safety message to a localized area in August 2017 for a potential flooding situation, and again in November 2017 to a targeted neighbourhood area when a semi-tanker rolled-over on College Drive.

Visit saskatoon.ca/notifynow today to customize your communication preferences or call 306-975-3210 for more information.