Emergency alert test set for Wednesday afternoon in Nunavut
Alert will go off at 2 p.m. on phones, TVs and radios in Nunavut; no test to take place in Nunavik
The National Public Alerting System — also known as Alert Ready — will conduct a test at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday across Nunavut.
Most provinces and territories will be conducting similar tests on Wednesday, with the exception of Quebec and Alberta, according to a media release issued by Alert Ready creator Pelmorex Corp. Tests take place at different parts of the day in different parts of the country. In Ontario, the test will take place at 12:55 p.m. ET.
Canadians in participating provinces and territories will receive one Alert Ready test message on their TV, radio, phone or other compatible device.
The message will simulate an emergency alert, beginning with the alert tone known as the Canadian Alert Attention Signal. The message will indicate that it is a test and does not require action from the public.
The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecom requires wireless service providers and broadcasters to send at least one test alert per year.
Testing the system helps officials practise sending alerts to the public, increases awareness of the alert system and encourages people to be ready and prepared in the event of an actual emergency, the Pelmorex news release said.
Participation in the testing of Alert Ready is at the discretion of each provincial and territorial emergency management organization.
In 2022, the Alert Ready system delivered more than 820 public emergency alert messages to Canadians.