In 2017 all the communities on Island implemented an island wide emergency mass communication system powered by the ePACT Network. This is ‘Haida Gwaii Alerts’. It is based on resident “opt-in” and it is at no cost to residents. Residents just create an on-line profile and submit the information they want to include such as medical issues and/or special needs.
It is a system based on redundancy in case one method of alerting fails. Therefore alerts to residents come in the form of emails, texts and phone calls.
It meets or exceeds Federal and Provincial privacy legislation and all data is backed up in Canada.
We tested this system with the Provincial “Shake Out” exercise in 2017 and Queen Charlotte put the system to task when dealing with a landslide. In early 2018 the system was tested Island-wide with the Tsunami alert. Overall the results were good, but feedback helps work out any problems with the new system.
We strongly encourage residents to register with ePACT!
1. Go to epactnetwork.com/haidagwaiialerts
2. Fill in your name, email and select the community/communities you would like to receive alerts for in the future.
3. You will be sent an email to create an ePACT account and verify your contact details.
4. Follow the instructions to create your account