Oakville, ON – July 5, 2011 | ERMS Corporation, provider of Advantage – a comprehensive enterprise-class emergency and incident notification system, today announced they assisted three Canadian communities, that were for different reasons without a fully-implemented emergency notification system, with immediate one-time emergency notifications during Spring 2011.
In early May, the Manitoba Office of Disaster Management (ODM) needed to prepare for potential floods resulting from a planned dike breach. In coordination with the ODM as well as the Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Company (MT&T), ERMS received data and information to prepare the notifications for three different daily flood scenarios. The potential for flooding diminished and the notifications were not sent. The ODM is now using Advantage and are able quickly and easily prepare and execute notifications without outside assistance.
In the months of May and June the City of Ottawa was in the process of implementing their emergency notification system but had an immediate need to prepare for the possibility the neighbourhood of Barrhaven (already on restricted water supply with rotating water outages) would require a “boil water” alert notification. ERMS was able to quickly prepare the database and notification in case water levels dropped below acceptable levels. Fortunately, the levels did not drop low enough to require the alert. The City of Ottawa’s emergency notification system (ERMS’ Advantage) is now fully implemented so they’re able to independently prepare and send community notifications like these quickly and easily. (June 2012 Udpate, the city of Ottawa has now successfully implemented and tested a combined IBM, NC4, and ERMS solution.)
In May 2011, after devastating wild fires forced the evacuation of Slave Lake Alberta, and destroyed 40% of the town’s buildings, the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) needed to deliver information to evacuees about how and when they could return home. In coordination with the AEMA, and the Canadian Red Cross (who provided evacuee contact information), ERMS was able to promptly prepare and send the required notifications.
“We’re so proud to have been able to help communities in need with their emergency and urgent notifications,” says Sylvain Rollin, president ERMS Corporation. “It’s a professional service that not many realize is available. Regardless of whether our customers are in the process of implementing their emergency notification system, or have no emergency notification solution at all, we're able to assist them. I’m pleased all three communities mentioned above are now supported by ERMS Advantage either directly or via a service partner,” he added.