Most people don't really think about what to do in an emergency until something actually happens, and that has been proven by the bumps in sign ups for NotifyNow.
The City of Saskatoon's Emergency Measures Coordinator, Deb Davies, says after the rollover in October of the truck carrying anhydrous ammonia, the emergency alert system had an uptick of people signing on and the same thing happened after the Fort McMurray wildfires. Last year at this time there were just over 20,000 people signed on to receive the NotifyNow alerts, but on Wednesday morning 90,500 contacts received the biannual test alert. There are 3 ways to receive them and you can opt for more than one method, so there were actually 140,000 messages sent out by text, email and landline. Davies suggests having more than one method is a good idea, because that way even if you aren't home you can receive the message. She adds that getting alerts for other areas of the city where you may have family living is a good idea as well. You can sign up on the city's website, which you can link to here: