Emergency Alert from the City; don't worry it's just a test

Emergency Alert from the City; don't worry it's just a test

Emergency Alert from the City; don't worry it's just a test

The tests are being conducted across the country by Alert Ready, operators of Canada's new emergency alert system.

"In an emergency, information is the most valuable resource anyone can have", said Karen Mann, emergency management co-ordinator. "It wasn't a consistent carrier or it wasn't a phone type or a software type", he said.

At 1:55 p.m., it was anticipated that an estimated 3.7-million cellphones across Alberta would send out an emergency test alert along with a distinct eight-second tone.

Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Yukon and Northwest Territories were also scheduled to receive alerts today. "So the issue was not with the system that we provided", he said.

Jennifer Wood, Program Coordinator for Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership says today's alert is just a test, but it will get people prepared if there ever is a real one.

In order to receive the message, the phone must be an LTE-device connected to an LTE network and be compatible with the wireless public alerting system.

"We are watching social media traffic". "But I would point out, that's why you have a test".

Wednesday's is not the first test of emergency alerts, and so far, the system has not worked as planned. On April 6, 2017, the CRTC mandated wireless service providers to be capable of sending wireless public alerts in Canada by April 6.

No alerts were registered on devices in Quebec, while only some mobile subscribers in Ontario received the signal.

EMO said phones that are switched off or on silent mode will not make a sound, but will still get a message and may vibrate.

It will be used to send targeted wireless emergency alerts to Canadians, warning of safety threats such as tsunamis or terrorist attacks, as well as to issue Amber Alerts.

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