Unusual, or large, emergencies caused by extreme weather or man-made events can happen at any time. When an emergency happens, whether it be city-wide or area specific, with the push of a button, the City of Saskatoon is ready to respond through its emergency mass notification system, notifynow.
The notifynow system is tested twice a year; the City alerts residents with advance notice, prior to sending the scheduled notifynow TEST message.
The notifynow system will send the next TEST message to residents in the spring of 2017. Make sure to sign-up and tell us your communication preferences - so we may reach you using the format that suits you best.
During an emergency situation in Saskatoon, notifynow will send you timely, trusted and targeted emergency messages so you'll know what to do, where to go, and what to expect. Receiving timely emergency information from notifynow will reduce stress for yourself and for those you care about. You'll be less vulnerable, and better prepared.
You can trust a message from notifynow. In the event of an impending or escalating emergency situation in the city, the Saskatoon Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) along with trusted agency partners will pull together to provide a coordinated response - this includes sending notifynow emergency messages to the residents of Saskatoon.
View our notifynow brochure.
How does notifynow work?
When an emergency alert is issued by the City of Saskatoon, you will receive a voice message to your home, work, or cell phone, an email, or a text message - depending on your preferred method of communication.
To receive notifynow notifications, you must have some form of contact information entered into our database. If you do not sign up, you may still be contacted if you have a publicly listed phone number.
Let us know your preferred method of communication by telling us the best way to reach you. Do you want to receive your notifynow message by one, or all of these methods?
- SMS text message?
- voice call to your landline or cell phone?
Remember, we can't reach you if your contact information is not up-to-date in our notifynow database. If your phone number is unlisted, subscribe your unlisted telephone number
Sign-up, and customize the best way for notifynow to reach you here: notifynow
The information you provide is kept confidential and will not be used for any purpose other than to contact you in the event of an impending or escalating emergency.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we need a mass notification system in Saskatoon?
A mass notification system will help the City notify Saskatoon residents of occurring or impending/escalating emergency situations that could affect their safety. When residents are informed with timely, relevant emergency safety messages, their stress levels are reduced, and vulnerability is reduced.
In the event of city-wide or area specific emergency here in Saskatoon, how does the notifynow system work?
Timley, trusted and targeted emergency notification messages will be sent to you via text to a mobile phone, voice mail recording to your home or work phone, and/or an email message, depending on your individual preference. The notifynow system has a high priority calling status and capacity to reach tens of thousands of residents within seconds. The notifynow system can also be targeted to only send messages to residents of a certain area or neighbourhood.
What are some examples of emergency situations?
Examples of an emergency situation when notifynow messages could be sent to you include a plane crash, extreme weather situation (tornado, major blizzard), hazardous materials spill, etc. In the case of a required evacuation, a shelter-in-place or other emergency situation, the notifynow system will be used to share emergency action messages so you can take steps to ensure your personal safety and protect/or minimize damage to your property.
How are messages sent?
To send a notifynow emergency notification message, EMO staff log in to the program, choose the relevant prepared emergency message and/or create a customized message and hit send. With one press of a button, the City can notify thousands of residents of an emergency situation within seconds. You can trust a timely message from notifynow.
What will the notifynow messages say?
When an emergency occurs, the notifynow system will send you a notification to advise you of the situation (what has occurred, or could occur), and will provide tips on actions you can take to ensure your personal safety and/or minimize damage to your property.
Why should I subscribe to the notifynow service?
We all have a role to plan in ensuring our community is prepared for an emergency and can respond effectively respond to a disaster. The City of Saskatoon, through the EMO, works with trusted local agencies to ensure the safety of Saskatoon residents. You can trust timely safety messages from notifynow - you'll be better prepared.
How do I sign-up for the system?
Visit saskatoon.ca and look under Services for Residents > Fire & Emergency > notifynow to create your personal profile. You may also sign-up family members, and indicate their preferred method for receiving notifynow emergency messages. For example, you could choose that your children receive notifynow text messages, while another person you care about might prefer to be contacted by an email notification.
Will I still get emergency notifications if I don't sign-up?
If you don't sign up, you may still receive emergency notifications on your landline or home phone, if the number is available to the public. However, it is always best to sign-up to make sure we have your correct contact information and to allow you to customize the way you would prefer to be notified. We can't reach you if your contact information is incorrect.
Will my contact information be shared with others?
No, the information you provide will be used for emergency purposes only. We will not give or sell your information to any other vendor, service or organization.
I use a TTY device – can I receive messages that way?
Yes, you may also register up to three TTY contact numbers per household.
I don’t have access to the Internet. How can I subscribe to notifynow?
There are places around Saskatoon with free Internet services including Saskatoon Public Libraries. The EMO conducts ongoing education and outreach activities throughout the city to provide information about the notifynow system, and can assist residents with their notifynow sign-up.
What if my number changes?
It is your responsibility to update your contact information should it change. You may change your contact information anytime using the online subscription service. The EMO will be maintaining the database of subscribers and updating it as required. Remember, we can't reach you if your contact information is incorrect.
Who can I call if I have questions?
If you have any questions regarding the notifynow system, please contact the EMO at 306 975-3210