A test of B.C.’s wireless alert system will happen Wednesday at 1:55 p.m.
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B.C. conducting test of emergency alert to wireless devices
Published 4:20 PDT, Mon May 3, 2021
A test of B.C.’s wireless alerting system will happen on Wednesday at 1:55 p.m.
This is part of a biannual test of the national Alert Ready system, which was launched in B.C. on April 6, 2018. The testing is designed to assess the system's readiness for an actual emergency and identify any adjustments that need to be made. A scheduled test in May 2020 was cancelled across Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the test, an alert will be broadcast on radio and television stations, as well as on compatible wireless devices. The test message will read: "This is a TEST of the British Columbia Emergency Alerting System, issued by Emergency Management British Columbia. This is ONLY a TEST. If this had been an actual emergency or threat, you would now hear instructions that would assist you to protect you and your family. For further information go to www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca. This is ONLY a TEST, no action is required."
The National Public Alerting System (NPAS), publicly branded as Alert Ready, is a collaborative initiative between federal-provincial-territorial governments and industry partners. It provides a standard alerting capability to rapidly warn the public of imminent or unfolding hazards to life.
To receive alerts, mobile phones must be connected to an LTE cellular network (the device must be turned on and cannot be set to do not disturb or airplane mode), be alert compatible, be within the alert area and have up-to-date cellular software. Alerts will be broadcast automatically, at no cost to the user.
To find out if your wireless device is compatible with the Alert Ready system or for more information about the system, visit: www.alertready.ca.
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