The Cariboo Regional District will soon have many ways to contact residents in case of an emergency.
Al Richmond, Chair of the CRD, says it was their experience during the 2010 forest fires that pushed for such a system.
He says that many rural residents don’t have cell phone access, but do have Internet access.
Richmond says the new software will allow the District to keep residents up-to-date during emergencies, such as natural disasters through a variety of mediums.
The new notification system is headed by the Cariboo Regional District, in partnership with the District of 100 Mile House, the City of Quesnel, the District of Wells and the City of Williams Lake.
The system will be available to all residents free of charge and will provide mass emergency notifications throughout the region.
Richmond says non-residents could also sign up, allowing landowners who are out of the area keep up to date with developments.
He also says in the future, specific types of notices can sent out for specific situations such as dangers due to flood versus forest fires.
The system will go live on May 5th.