Charlottetown Wants To Set Up A Reverse 9-1-1 System

by Stephen Christensen

reverse 911Imagine finding out that a hurricane or flooding may affect your home, with enough time to pack up your valuables and leave.  Fortunately for Charlottetown residents, a plan is in the works to do just that.

The city of Charlottetown, PEI, are planning on setting up a Reverse 9-1-1 system, where the idea in case of disaster is more of a “don’t call us, we’ll call you” approach.  The emergency communications system would alert residents in the city of impending hazardous situations or natural disasters, be it by phone, text, or email.  The warnings can be targeted, and sent to the entire city, a neighbourhood, or just a few houses.

The city estimates the cost of setup for the system at $50,000; roughly the cost of a small Tim Horton’s coffee per resident.  Charlottetown Deputy Chief Gary McGuigan, believes the benefit outweighs the cost, saying, "It gives us the ability to contact local residents and alert them or notify them of an emergency."

Installed by New Brunswick’s Sentinel Systems, the system was used earlier this year as a safeguard during the Royal Visit, and a similar system was used to notify Virginia Polytechnic Institute students to stay indoors during last weeks tragic shootings.



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Stephen Christensen

Stephen Christensen

Stephen is the Atlantic Canadian contributor for; reporting Canadian technology news, with a focus on the Maritime provinces.  Having a deep-rooted interest in science and technology for much of his life, he is most interested in mobile technology and social media.  Having been published in various scientific journals, he is completing his Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University... more

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