B.C testing Emergency Alert System tomorrow

Daniel Fowler
November 27, 2020

You can expect an interruption Wednesday by an emergency public alert that will be broadcast on radio, television, and sent to mobile devices as part of a countrywide test of the system.

The alert will come at 12:55 p.m. EST.

The Alert Ready system was launched in B.C.in April 2018, and it's meant to rapidly warn the public of any "imminent or unfolding hazards to life".

Not all people may receive the alert, depending on their phone compatibility, network connection and settings.

Test messages are identified as test alerts, and do not require recipients to take action.

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Most compatible smartphones should also get the alert, which will show up as a notification with vibration and sound. In Ontario, the system has been used for Amber Alerts, tornado and wildfire warnings, and nuclear events.

The FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau allows the state to use the WEA as a COVID-19 communications tool, according to a statement from the Wolf administration.

Provincial officials are responsible for issuing scheduled test messages.

In times of crisis, a new B.C. alert system will be ready to provide instructions right to your phone.

Pelmorex Inc. operates the National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination System, which disseminates alerts to broadcasters and wireless service providers.

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