The area of Wheatland County is becoming a little bit safer thanks to a new app that will send notifications to residents in the county. Voyent Alert will ensure that residents are up to date on what is going on in their area. 

"Voyent is an emergency alert system we have brought in, we have actually been working on the project for just over a year now. We can use it for so many different purposes. Of course, emergency, fires and floods that we are experiencing in our county. We can issue an alert for very specific regions," explained Mackenzie Soltys, the communications specialist for Wheatland County.

The app is not only used for emergencies, but it can also be used to communicate other things that are happening in the area.

"Beyond emergency purposes, we can also use it for day to day communications for our community. So if a certain area or district isn't going to be snow plowed we can issue an alert for that area and so residents can be aware that their area will be plowed in the next week or so," Soltys continued.

It is an easy registration for residents and even people who travel through the area frequently. The app is completely anonymous for the users.

"All you need is a postal code to register and then get registered to sign up to apps. They can drop as many pins as they want. You are choosing where you want to receive information and for travellers that go through our county they can add pins along the roadway you travel frequently," concluded Soltys.

All first responders in Wheatland County will be able to issue alerts through their mobile app, for example, if they are responding to a collision they will be able to pinpoint an alert for the area that the collision occurred.

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