Canadians can now receive Environment Canada’s weather alerts directly on their mobile device or computer via Twitter.
The announcement was made by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, as well as Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbinière.
This new automated weather alert messaging service using Twitter is based on information issued by Environment Canada’s meteorologists whenever dangerous weather conditions threaten.
“As more Canadians are using social media to stay informed, this new service will play an essential role in ensuring public safety by providing Canadians with expanded access to severe weather information,” said Aglukkaq.
Canadians can select which communities they want to follow and every time an alert is issued, or ended, a tweet will automatically be sent out.
“This weather-alert service will play an essential role in strengthening public safety and provide Canadians with greater access to timely, location-specific weather information,” said Gourde.
An annual average of 25,000 alerts is expected to be tweeted in total for all communities served by the new system.
“Our work has resulted in a tool that allows more Canadians, media, businesses, municipalities and emergency organizations to have access to timely and location-specific severe weather information via Twitter,” Steve Ladurantaye, Head of government partnerships, Twitter Canada.
In January, the Government of Canada announced a $134 million investment to improve the quality of weather forecasts and weather warnings to Canadians.
With over 50 million visits per month, Canada.ca/weather is the most visited Government of Canada website.