A national test of Alert Ready, Canada’s emergency alerting system, is scheduled for November 28, 2018. Test alerts will be broadcast on television, radio and compatible wireless devices at 1:55 PM local time in each province and territory, except 2:55 PM local time in Quebec.
Each provincial and territorial emergency management organization will be issuing public test messages through Alert Ready. Each province and territory will issue one test message to be distributed over television, radio and to compatible wireless devices. This will be the second live Alert Ready national test this year. The first occurred during Emergency Preparedness Week in May 2018.
The Alert Ready system was developed with many partners including federal, provincial, and territorial emergency management officials, the Weather Network, the broadcasting industry and wireless service providers. It has enabled government authorities to deliver emergency alerts to Canadians during threat-to-life situations over television and radio since 2015, and to compatible wireless devices since April 2018. A national test will provide an opportunity to validate the end-to-end performance and reliability of the system everywhere in Canada.
For a device to receive WPA alerts the following conditions need to be met:
NOTE: As mandated by the CRTC, you cannot opt out of receiving threat-to-life emergency alerts.
For more information, visit alertready.ca
Some helpful links from TELUS Support pages:
For the 2nd time, I did not receive an emergency alert on my iPhone nor on my TV.
What channel were you watching on the TV? We saw it a number of times as we switched channels to local broadcasters across the country. Saw the NL, NB, ON and AB alerts. Had we been watching a US channel, we would not have seen the alert.
Channel 800 SHOULD have broadcast at 1:55 EST. The broadcast is by TV channel, not by Telus, so each broadcast area provides the info at their own time zone.