Mobile phone users in some states and all regions may be surprised by today’s automatic emergency alerts, but participating governments say it’s just a test.
This exercise is part of a regular exam of Alert Ready, a system used nationwide to broadcast alerts on radio and television stations, and compatible wireless devices.
To receive alerts, you need to turn on your phone, connect to your phone network, and update your software.
The test includes an emergency tone and a message that no action is required from the general public.
Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Nova Scotia have not participated in the test.
Alert Ready was used last year to deliver 173 alerts across Canada for wildfires, tornadoes, flash floods, amber alerts, civil emergencies, police emergencies, and drinking water alerts.
The following is a list of local times when alerts are sent.
Alberta — 1:55 pm
British Columbia — 1:55 pm
New Brunswick — 10:55 am
New Found Land and Labrador — 10:55 am
Northwest Territories — 9:55 am
Nunavut Territory — 2:00 pm
Prince Edward Island — 12:55 pm
Saskatchewan — 1:55 pm
Yukon — 1:55 pm