TAYLOR, B.C. – Council members are pondering whether to vote for or against including the municipality in a mass communication software for the Peace Region.

The Peace River Regional District is proposing to implement the communication system Everbridge as a way to advise residents and businesses of emergency and non-emergency events. The idea arose after the 2016 wildfires and floods where many members of the public and businesses were not able to receive timely and up-to-the-minute information via a media outlet or social media medium.

The PRRD is geographically the largest regional district in B.C. where each resident may communicate in various ways based on the services available in the area or by choice.

“I firmly believe that this is a great opportunity,” said Mayor Rob Fraser. “The cost isn’t unreasonable and we have a couple of weeks before we have to make a final decision. I feel we need the time to discuss it further as many of the council members have only just read or been recently informed about it.”

The base cost for the regional district would be $15,000 US per year plus an additional $500 for the municipality to utilize the platform which is customizable based on preferences.

Council’s decision will need to be made by February 19th for the budget discussions with the Regional Board on February 21st.