Emergency alert system test set for Wednesday
Alerts to be broadcast over TVs, cellphones and other devices during annual run-through
People can expect to hear an alarm sound on their TVs, radios and other compatible devices Wednesday when the annual test of Alert Ready, the country’s national public alerting system, is carried out across Canada.
In Nunavut, the test is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET. It’s scheduled in Quebec for 1:55 ET.
Alert Ready is the warning system used to provide information on issues like flooding, tornadoes, fires and Amber alerts.
According to a news release from Alert Ready, the test will start with an alert tone, also called the Canadian Alert Attention Signal, followed by a message indicating it’s only a test and no action is required.
An annual test of the system by wireless service providers is required by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecom Commission. Some mobile devices may not receive the alert, due to device compatibility, network connection, cell tower coverage or software settings.
For the first time, following that test a survey will be conducted involving Canadians with disabilities to identify challenges they face in perceiving, understanding and interacting with emergency alerts.
All provinces and territories are taking part in the tests Wednesday except Alberta and Northwest Territories.