'Alert Ready' system test coming to Manitoba Wednesday

Emergency Alert Test Takes Place Monday

Emergency management officials from federal, provincial and territorial governments have long delivered emergency alerts to the public in partnership with Canadian broadcasters, led by The Weather Network owner Pelmorex Corp.

People are urged to check if their cellphones are compatible with the broadcast alert system, and when alerts are received, the public is advised to stop, listen and respond as directed by the issuing authority. The rest of the country, except Nunavut, will receive test alerts on May 9.

People in Ontario and Quebec will get the test alert two days before people in the Northwest Territories.

However, the wireless alert for mobile phones will only go out once per year during Emergency Preparedness Week in the first week of May.

Depending on settings, users with compatible devices connected to an LTE network can expect to hear a tone similar to an ambulance siren or feel a vibration for eight seconds.

Alert Ready already uses TV and radio broadcasts to notify Canadians about major emergencies such as fires, floods, environmental disasters, terrorist attacks and Amber Alerts.

"The CRTC has no insights with respect to what occurred in Hawaii, other than what has been reported in the media", the regulator said.

"But in Canada everything is in order with the precaution" to prevent the proliferation of false signals to mobile devices, said the press-Secretary of the CRTC Patricia Valladao.

In Manitoba, the province's Emergency Measures Organization and Environment and Climate Change Canada alone have the authority to issue the alerts. In Ontario only some phones received the message.

It's unclear whether officials will conduct another test in Ontario and Quebec.

- Yukon 1:30 p.m.

The test is scheduled for 1:55 p.m.

- British Columbia 1:55 p.m.

Nova Scotia 1:55 p.m.

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