Emergency public alert test happens this afternoon

Yolanda Curtis
November 26, 2020

In Ontario it is expected to happen at 12:55 p.m.

You can expect an interruption Wednesday by an emergency public alert that will be broadcast on radio, television, and sent to mobile devices as part of a countrywide test of the system.

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


"As Premier Kenney stated yesterday the province will use the Alberta Emergency Alert system to inform people of the new COVID-19 restrictions", said Justin Marshall.

Compatible devices may react differently to public alerts, depending on the phone's brand, model and operating system.

The alarms will sound through compatible wireless devices, mobile devices on an LTE network, television, and radio. "This is a test only; no action is required". These alerts have been credited with saving lives. The RCMP was criticized for not using the system.


The alert program is a collaborative initiative between the federal, provincial and territorial governments.

Alert Ready delivers critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians, including but not limited to tornadoes, flooding, fires and AMBER alerts.

Pelmorex Inc. operates the National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination System, which disseminates alerts to broadcasters and wireless service providers.


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