Sackville implementing emergency alert system

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Residents encouraged to sign up to receive text, e-mail, voice mail messages during emergencies

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Sackville residents will now have a new way to stay up to date and informed during emergencies.

The town is implementing an emergency alert system, which will allow the municipality to send out automated messages advising residents of street closures, flooding, boil orders or “any other emergency that would affect public safety,” said Sackville Fire Chief Craig Bowser.

“It’s a quick way to get the message out,” said Bowser of the new Sentinel System.

To sign up for the free alerts, residents will need to complete an online, one-time registration. They will then automatically receive updates as they occur – by means of a text message, voice mail, and/or e-mail, depending on your selections on the registration form.

Bowser said the Sentinel System is one that is being used heavily across the province by other municipalities and will serve to enhance the level of communication offered by the town and its EMO services.

The start-up costs for the program, at about $6,500, is being shared by the town and New Brunswick EMO, while the annual upkeep will cost the town under $1,000.

To subscribe for the alerts, visit the town of Sackville’s website at and follow the Sentinel link on the right-hand side of the homepage to register. Enter and submit your information on the form. Bowser said all information provided will be kept private and confidential.

If you or someone you know does not have access to the internet, please contact Kathy Best at town hall at 364-4960 or for assistance.

Bowser said although the alert system may not be a failsafe way to alert the public in times of emergencies, particularly in cases of power outages or cell phone black-outs, it is still one of the most effective ways to get the word out, via mass messaging, to residents.

“It will certainly benefit them in times of need.”

Organizations: Sentinel System

Geographic location: Sackville, New Brunswick EMO

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