Emergency alert system to be tested in Nova Scotia Wednesday

Emergency alert system to be tested in Nova Scotia Wednesday

Emergency alert system to be tested in Nova Scotia Wednesday

Examples of the types of alerts that are issued through the Alert Ready system include natural disasters like tornados and earthquakes or a civil emergency like Amber Alerts.

If you have a publicly registered residential or business phone you should get an emergency alert from the City today, but don't call 9-1-1, it's just a test.

"Our goal is to make sure that we have tsunami alerting up and running efficiently before we look at adding other hazards", said Jordan Turner, communications manager with Emergency Management BC. Regulations require all Canadian wireless service providers to distribute emergency alerts. "If you do receive a real alert, it's important to stop and listen and see what the alert is saying and then respond accordingly".

Schuler reminded Manitobans to be careful when they receive today's test alert. "Please refrain from calling 911 to seek additional information, as any additional information will be provided through other media sources, such as press releases, radio and television announcements".

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The emergency alerts are not text - or SMS - messages, but are distributed using what's known as cell broadcast technology. The messages were sent automatically at no cost to cellphone users.

Alert Ready officials say tests planned for today are going ahead while work is carried out to resolve glitches in the system.

The reason behind the alert being sent only to some phones in Ontario is still undetermined.

Test signals are also expected to sound on radio and TV stations Wednesday in provinces and territories outside of Ontario and Quebec, except Nunavut. Officials are investigating an error that resulted no devices in Quebec receiving the alert.

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