Halton Region among first municipalities to launch enhanced community emergency notification service
November 4, 2013
Posted by: Alison Hermansen
Halton Region today rolled out an improved emergency notification service. The Region now has access to a more complete database that includes contact information for more than 95 per cent of Halton residents and businesses with traditional land line telephone service. In the event of an emergency, Halton’s enhanced Community Emergency Notification Service (CENS) will phone affected households throughout Halton to provide emergency information.
"At Halton Region, we take our emergency management responsibilities very seriously and are committed to working with our partners to ensure we are ready to respond to any emergency situation and able to reach as many people as possible,” said Regional Chair Gary Carr. "As one of the first Canadian municipalities to have access to this enhanced data for use in emergency situations, Halton Region continues to be a leader in delivering community emergency notification services.”
Access to this enhanced information not only provides Halton Region with the ability to reach more traditional land line telephones, but will allow the Region to pinpoint locations and accurately notify households impacted by an emergency event such as a flood, chemical spill or other emergency situation.
CENS is one of many ways the Region notifies the public about an emergency situation. For more information about the Community Emergency Notification Service and Halton’s Emergency Management Program, visit www.halton.ca/beprepared or dial 311. You can also follow Emergency Preparedness on Twitter for emergency updates and preparedness tips.
The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.
Nick Buczynsky, ABCP
Community Emergency Management Coordinator
Policy Integration and Communications
905-825-6000, ext. 7851