During the COVID-19 emergency, residents are being encouraged by the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency to sign up for the SaskAlert App to get accurate and timely information.
The app is available for download on Android and Apple at http://emergencyalert.saskatchewan.ca/.
According to a news release for the province, the app will allow users to choose to receive emergency public alerts for the entire province, for a particular municipality or a First Nation community. According to that release, a tone will sound similar to receiving a normal text message notification, even when the app is closed. People can then open the app to find information on the emergency and instructions on actions required.
“With the risk of COVID-19 within the province, we are encouraging everyone to download the SaskAlert App,” said SPSA President Marlo Pritchard in a statement. “The app will provide urgent, critical information about how individuals and families can protect themselves.”
It is not meant to replace the normal methods of getting news, Pritchard said. “However, it is an effective method of pushing out urgent information province-wide, or to a localized area.”