Emergency Management BC, the government agency in charge of emergency response in the Canadian province of British Columbia, is launching a new mobile app to streamline emergency communications to the public.
The app will be made available for free on all telecommunication carriers in British Columbia, and will work on a variety of operating systems and devices. The app will offer the ability to geo-locate emergency event and direct alert distribution to specific areas. The Emergency Management BC app can also be integrated with Canada's national Alert Ready notification system to feed alerts to television and radio.
With people increasingly relying on mobile devices to receive breaking news and local alerts, it makes sense to disperse emergency notifications on this platform.