Emergency Alert Test Planned For Today

By Chris Brown	
		Be Alert Ready		Public alerting system test to take place Wednesday

By Chris Brown Be Alert Ready Public alerting system test to take place Wednesday

Alert Ready, the national emergency alert system, will be tested in New Brunswick on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 10:55 a.m.

The alert produces audible alarms on televisions, radios, and mobile devices.

For us in northwestern Ontario, you can expect to receive the alert at 11:55 am.

The agency says testing the national public alerting system is aimed at checking performance and reliability "to ensure it operates as intended in the event of a life-threatening situation".

The "Alert Ready" system is created to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians, including tornadoes, flooding, and AMBER Alerts.

The exact time of the test varies by location, but residents do not need to take any action when their phones go off.

Alert Ready will send one test message over television, radio and compatible wireless devices. The RCMP was criticized for not using the system.

Public Safety Canada is the lead federal department responsible for emergency management and coordinates the development of policies for public alerting with federal, provincial and territorial stakeholders.

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