The United States and Canada have agreed to implement a global alert system to ensure the safety of all children and parents when a solar storm passes.
In a joint statement on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Canadian Minister of Infrastructure and Communities David Guy said the U.N. system would ensure a “sensible and cost-effective” response to solar storms.
The joint statement said the alert system would be implemented on a voluntary basis to ensure a robust response to any storm, including those caused by climate change.
“In a climate-change driven world, where our communities face extreme threats, we need to plan to protect our families and our homes,” Guy said.
The U.K. and other countries already have implemented similar systems.
The solar warning system was created in 2010 in response to a devastating solar storm in the United Kingdom that killed at least five people.
Solar storms are becoming more common as the planet warms.
In a separate statement, the Canadian Prime Minister said solar storms would continue to be a threat to the country’s infrastructure.
“As we head into the summer months, I am urging Canadians to take every precaution to protect themselves and their homes from the risks posed by solar storms,” Justin Trudeau said.
The solar storm warning system will go into effect on July 1.