Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this cost me?
This is a free service provided by SCAR and your local municipality. For cell phone users who subscribe to SMS alerts, standard message rates will apply. No information that consumes large amounts of data such as an image or video will be sent. Links to such additional information will be provided but users can access them at their discretion.
How do I change my information or unsubscribe?
Users can log back into their account at any time to alter their information or their subscription options by visiting any of the registration portals on participating municipal websites, or by clicking here.
What if I am not home?
If you have voicemail or an answering machine, the system will leave the automated message after the tone. You can also alter your account settings at any time and select different notification methods depending on your needs.
Who can sign up?
This system is open to anyone who wants to register, however, your physical address plays a key role in some of the alerts you will receive. Users who do not have a physical address listed may receive alerts regarding broad subject matter, but will not receive geographic alerts such as crime notifications or service interruptions in their immediate area. For assistance with your physical address, contact your local municipality.
Who messages me and can I message them back?
Only your municipality and the regional RCMP will be able to send you alerts. Although you cannot reply to these messages directly, there will always be instructions on how to respond.
Can I send information to the RCMP and municipality through this system?
No, this system sends out mass notifications about an event affecting a select group of users in real-time. It is not designed to process incoming information from users. Users are encouraged to contact local RCMP, or their municipality if they have information to provide, and all alerts will have information on how users can respond appropriately.
Is my information safe?
User information is kept on a secured server with very limited access and cannot be used for any purpose other than what you have signed up for.
Will I get spammed?
Every effort is made to ensure users only receive alerts that are relevant and important to them. General information will not be sent through this system, only urgent information that is time-sensitive and directly affects the user.
What is SCAR?
The SCAR Notification System is a regional partnership between the Municipal District of Taber, the Town of Vauxhall, the Village of Barnwell, the RCMP, and South Central Alberta Rural Crime Watch Association dedicated to providing valuable information notifications to our public.