Bowen Islanders encouraged to sign up for emergency notification system

Mar 25 2021

BowENS is Bowen Island Municipality's emergency notification service and is now powered by Alertable, a system developed by Canadian company Peasi. BowENS informs subscribers of emergencies or advisories on Bowen Island that may impact residents. Signing up for BowENS is easy and can be done from a mobile phone, tablet, or computer. There is no fee to sign up.

Please note that Bowen Island Municipality is now using Alertable to send emergency notifications. If you are already subscribed to the current BowENS system, 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 you can then set your notification preferences.

Bowen Island Municipality decided to move BowENS to the Alertable platform in 2021. Alertable is easier to sign up for, and notifications are fast, reliable and easy to see and hear on a wide variety of devices, including an app for Android and Apple smartphones.

BowENS provides you with important emergency information, such as imminent threats (e.g. wildfire) and also local incidents that affect specific areas of Bowen Island (e.g. road closure). BowENS has the ability to send emergency notifications island-wide or to targeted areas, which can be helpful for neighbourhood-specific emergency directions such as an evacuation. You can also customize notifications by type and severity.

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