R.M. of Dufferin Council is considering implementing the CodeRED mobile alert system. The app would allow residents to subscribe to localized warnings and advisories issued by area safety officials, and receive the notifications on their home phones or cell phones including text message and email.

Reeve George Gray says, for example, this system would be used when there's been a water line break resulting in a boil water advisory. "At the moment we have to go out to the actual site and tell the people (in person) or hand them a letter so it's kind of cumbersome/time consuming. As long as we had the peoples' phone number, texting, email...this CodeRED would access the information."

Gray adds the alert system could also be used in flood scenarios, natural disasters, or any situation on local highways were public safety is compromised.

"It would just mean it would take the load off of our people and it would just be an outside source doing it."

He notes it is also a cost-effective option, explaining the price would run about $1 per resident per year for a total of just over $2,400. "We feel it's something we should look at."

Council will continue to discuss and research the option before making a decision.

More Local News

New Retail Incubator Mall Coming To Morden

Small businesses in Morden will have a new avenue to break into the local retail scene. Morden Community Development Corporation (MCDC) has received a Community Development Initiatives grant for…

Altona Police Talk Prescription Drugs, Fraud, And Safe Driving With Seniors

The Altona Police Service has wrapped up a series of public information sessions geared towards seniors in the community. Members offered three seminars at the seniors housing facility, Gardens on…

New Foodgrains Bank Rep Connects With Locals

Gordon Janzen is the new Manitoba regional representative with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The organization had a booth at set up at the Ag Days Show in Brandon, where Janzen was able to meet…

Planned Power Outage For Area Of Altona

A planned power outage will occur in the southwest part of Altona this morning to allow Manitoba Hydro crews to make some repairs. Starting at 10 am, power will be cut for about 30 minutes to…

Woman Charged in String of Morris Break and Enters

A 42 year old woman has been arrested and charged in a string of break-and-enters and thefts in the Morris area. Around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, Morris RCMP was alerted to a suspicious person…

Winkler Couple Expands Shoe Business To Altona

A Winkler couple has celebrated the opening of its second shoe store in the Pembina Valley in just over a year. In October of 2016, Sadena and Marc Morin opened 'Shoes for Less' in Winkler, and now…

Winkler Leads Region In New Housing While Industrial Boom Heats Up (VIDEO)

The industrial sector in Winkler is booming. New industrial construction permits were up by 14 compared to last year (four in 2016 compared to 18 last year), jumping in value by more than $11 million…

Altona Says 'Thanks' To Beloved Family Doctor

Residents of Altona and area had a chance to express their appreciation to a local physician who serviced the community for over 30 years. A come and go appreciation evening was held on Friday for…

Morris Increasing Garbage Collection Fees To Better Offset Costs

It's been a year since Morris town council implemented a three-cart system in town to collect recycling, compost, and garbage. Council has crunched the numbers and will be increasing user fees for…

Rhineland Municipality Moving To Three Ward System

Rhineland Municipality has taken the first official steps towards changing its ward system. Council has given 1st and 2nd reading to a bylaw that will reduce the number of wards from six down to…

Canadians Say They Will Ditch Loblaws After Bread Scandal

According to a recent survey, ten percent of Canadians say they will stop shopping at Loblaws after news broke of a bread-pricing scandal. The supermarket chain, which includes Real Canadian…

"Stop Sticks" Help End Dangerous Attempt To Flee From Police

Police have named the four facing charges after officers were led on chase through Winkler. On Friday, January 19, shortly after 10:00 p.m, members of the Winkler Police Service were following a…

Pregnant Wife And Children Miraculously Recover From Crash, "God Listens"

A local family says they survived an unimaginable tragedy thanks to the community's support and their faith. On March 19 Assani Muhanzi's life was turned upside down after he received a call his…

STARS Hopes Farm Show Leads To More Support

Staff with STARS air ambulance spent time at Manitoba AgDays in Brandon this past week promoting what they do and working to raise more private support. Over the past number of years, STARS has set…

"There Is A Need In This Area" Women Walking Through Infertility Coming Together

"There is a need in this area." That according to Amanda Nickel who is leading a support group for women walking the hard journey through infertility. Nickel was eventually put on a waiting list for…

Popular Ag Days Has Hundred Person Waiting List

The three day Manitoba Ag Days show wrapped up Thursday in Brandon at the Keystone Centre. Ag Days General Manager Kristen Phillips said it was a fantastic show. "The exhibitors are telling us that…

All Red River Snowmobile Trails Open

A total of 188 kilometres of trail has been groomed by the Red River Trail Grooming Association. "All trails are open and they're looking in very good shape," said Allen McVicar, president of Red…

Winkler Police Arrest 2 Men For Cocaine Possession

Two men are facing drug trafficking charges after a traffic stop revealed over $6,000 of cocaine. On Thursday evening Winkler Police initiated a traffic stop on a truck as part of a drug trafficking…

Winkler Car Chase Ends With Four In Custody

Winkler Police pursued suspects in a stolen vehicle throughout the city Friday night. With the assistance of multiple police agencies four people were apprehended as well as firearms and ammunition…

Roundabout, 1st St. Improvements Priorities In Morden 2018 Budget

Capital projects were highlighted in the City of Morden's 2018 budget, which was presented to the public last week. The 2018 budget could be as much as $34.1 million. This is because the City has…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

SMD Deaf/Hard of Hearing Bowling

23 January 2018 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Valley Bowling Lanes, Winkler

Banking and Budgeting - Financial Literacy Workshop

23 January 2018 7:00 pm

Regional Connections Altona, Altona

Winkler Flyers VS Selkirk Steelers

23 January 2018 7:30 pm

Winkler Recreational Complex, Winkler

Carman Community Garden

24 January 2018 7:00 pm

Homestead Co-op Boardroom - Carman

Boomerang Bags Altona

24 January 2018 7:00 pm

W.C Miller Collegiate - Home Ec Room

Being Palestinian

24 January 2018 7:00 pm

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden

wherever you are in your journey

24 January 2018 7:00 pm

Altona Community Memorial Health Centre