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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2021
Secwepemcúl̓ecw (Shuswap) – Splatsin launched a public alert system today in partnership with ICEsoft Technologies (CSE:ISFT) through its VoyentAlert mass notification service. The new service aims to keep band members and others living in the community safe during emergencies while delivering vital information to cell phones, landlines, and email.
“During a critical event, such as a wildfire, every minute counts,” Splatsin Kukpi7 and Secwepemc Tribal Chief, Wayne Christian says. “This new system is one more step in the right direction to help keep our people safe and healthy during emergencies.”
Christian added that his community will be alerting band members to wildfires, flooding, criminal activity, wildlife issues, vehicle accidents, and other critical incidents.
VoyentAlert is used by communities across Canada including Tkemlups te Secwepemc and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. The system’s smart alerting capabilities ensures citizens only receive alerts relevant to their geographic location and any locations they are monitoring. The alerts provide information such as the distance and direction from an incident, time of intercept, and instructions to stay safe including evacuation routes and muster points.
Splatsin plans to use the service for regular day-to-day communication in addition to its critical incident alerting capabilities.
When a community member registers, they will be subscribed to non-emergency updates including garbage pick up reminders, health information, community events, financial resources, election information, and snow removal. Registrants who would prefer not to receive day-to-day communications can deselect the topics unimportant to them.
Users of the public alert system cannot opt-out of critical incident alerts.
Community members interested in receiving alerts via voicemail or email can register at www.splatsin.ca/emergencies/alerts. Smartphone users can download the VoyentAlert on the App Store or Google Play. Splatsin is entering band members who register before August 15 into a draw for three prizes: Bose Soundlink Revolve ($300 value), Weber Q1200 portable BBQ ($300 value), and a traditional medicine package from Sharing Mela’hma ($150 value).
For more information about Splatsin’s public alert system, or for assistance registering to receive alerts, contact the Band Office at (250) 838-6496. If you witness a critical incident on-reserve, first call emergency personnel at 911 or RAPP (report a poacher or polluter) at 877-952-7277 and then call Splatsin’s Senior Executive Advisor at (250) 309-2961 to report the incident.
The Splatsin people reside on reserve lands adjacent to the City of Enderby to the south and across the Shuswap River to the east, within the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwépemc, the largest Interior Salish-speaking First Nation in Canada. Their traditional territory stretches from the B.C./Alberta border near the Yellowhead Pass to the plateau west of the Fraser River, southeast to the Arrow Lakes, and the upper reaches of the Columbia River encompassing 180,000 square kilometres, 32 communities, and a population of 15,000 people. The Splatsin and Secwépemc has total jurisdiction and title to all of their people, lands, and resources and have not surrendered, ceded, or released them to the government.
Dudley Coulter, Director of Communicationso (250) 838-6496 ext. 705c (250) 306-1541e [email protected]