Alberta and Saskatchewan part of Emergency Alert Test today

Geneva Stokes
May 10, 2018

"Alerts relating to things like a fire or natural disaster, or some sort of large-scale emergency or other weather incidents", she said.

You might receive an emergency alert test over your smartphone this afternoon.

Cell phones in Quebec did not receive the test alert, and some wireless devices in Ontario received the message either late or not at all.

There was also anecdotal evidence that not everyone received the alert.

Tests are also scheduled in B.C. on June 20, September 19 and December 19 for radio and TV only.

Alert Ready, the national emergency system that already sends alerts to television and radio, will soon be sending them to mobile phones too.

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The system operator hopes to have learned from bugs that showed up in a test of the system in Quebec and Ontario on Monday. "Alert Ready partners have been actively working to resolve identified issues".

"Alert Ready tests planned for Wednesday will proceed as scheduled", system officials said in an email prior to the start of testing.

The Alert Ready system was developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment and Climate Change Canada, The Weather Network and the broadcasting industry and wireless service providers, to rapidly warn the public of imminent or unfolding hazards to life.

At the same time, routine TV and radio tests were conducted.

Northwest Territories 1:55 p.m. "Today's test also serves as a reminder to British Columbians about the importance of emergency preparedness, including understanding the risks where they live and work, creating an emergency plan, and assembling an emergency kit for their workplace, home and vehicles".

Manitoba 1:55 p.m.

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