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Province providing funding for emergency warning system

The B.C. government is providing $1-million to help develop a new emergency warning system that will more quickly inform people of disasters.

The funding will help develop the first phase of a new emergency notification management hub and a mobile alerting app.

The aim is to improve the speed that alerts can be sent, automate distribution across multiple channels, and increase the types of alerts that can be delivered to cover a variety of disasters and hazards.

Attorney General Suzanne Anton says the recent disaster in Nepal shows that getting critical information to people quickly will be crucial when the “big one” or any major disaster hits.

Al Richmond, chair of the Cariboo Regional District says the provincial system is very similar to their system, which can send out automated messages through a variety of mediums.

Their system was rolled out earlier this week.

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