A test of Alert Ready, Canada’s National Public Alerting System will take place Wednesday afternoon at 1:55 in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The respective emergency management organizations will issue one test message over television, radio and compatible LTE wireless devices. They note testing of the Alert Ready system provides the opportunity to increase public awareness about the system and spark emergency preparedness conversations so that Canadians can be ready and prepared in the event of an actual emergency and to validate the effectiveness and reliability of the system to ensure it operates in the event of an actual emergency.
Alert Ready was developed in collaboration with federal, provincial, and territorial government agencies, Pelmorex, the broadcasting industry, and wireless service providers.
They add that given the importance of warning Canadians of an imminent threat to the safety of life and property Canadians do not have the option to opt out of this essential life-saving service.
So far this year the Alert Ready System had delivered more than 800 public alert messages to Canadians. To learn more visit www.alertready.ca and follow them on Twitter.