Emergency Notification System

In the event of a local emergency, social media and BowENS will play a key role in communicating information and instructions to the community.

Follow Bowen Island Municipality on Facebook and Twitter, bookmark the Emergency Operations Centre page, and sign up for emergency notifications below.

BowENS is Bowen Island Municipality's free emergency notification service and is now powered by Alertable. BowENS informs subscribers of emergencies or advisories on Bowen Island that may impact you. Signing up for BowENS is easy and can be done from your mobile phone, tablet, or computer. 

We're now using Alertable to send emergency notifications. If you are already subscribed to BowENS, you don't have to resubscribe - your contact information will be moved to the new system and you will get a welcome message from Alertable. You can then set your notification preferences by clicking the image above. 

BowENS provides you with important emergency information, such as imminent threats (e.g. wildfire) and local incidents that affect specific areas of Bowen Island (e.g. road closure). BowENS can send emergency notifications island-wide or to targeted areas, which can be helpful for neighbourhood-specific emergency directions like evacuation orders. We recommend you select your sub-community to receive targeted notifications.

You can sign up to receive emergency notifications by text message, email, or phone call, however, we encourage residents to download the Alertable app for iOS and Android smartphones.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 604-947-4255 or bim@bimbc.ca, or read the Frequently Asked Questions.

What is the difference between BowENS and AlertReady?

AlertReady is the Federal/Provincial Wireless Public Alerting (WPA) system designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television, radio and wireless devices. This system does not require sign-up. BowENS is the notification system operated by the Bowen Island Municipality to notify you of any incidents that hit closer to home, and requires users to sign-up. Note that the WPA will take precedence over notifications you will receive from the Municipality, as required by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). For more information, please visit the CRTC website

Last Updated on 2021-06-07 at 9:03 AM