What's the one way the vast majority of us find out about emergencies in our province? That would be social media.

An app was created about two years ago to provide Albertans with lifesaving information regarding emergencies or disasters through our smartphones.

"The app carries all types of alerts including weather events, man made or natural hazards and amber alerts. It usually includes information about each event, instructions on what to do, how to react and a map of the alerting area," stated Shane Schreiber, Managing Director of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency.

As of right now, the app reveals province wide alerts.

"The communities are the people who put the information on the app. We provide the app as a platform, but it's up to the communities to put information on it if necessary," he noted.

So, when someone's near or in an emergency, can the app contact emergency services?

"Unfortunately the app goes one way. It's a push notification out to people, so you should still be calling 9-1-1 to call in to emergency services to get assistance if required," explained Schreiber.

For more information on the Alberta Emergency Alberta app, follow this link

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