Emergency alert broadcast tested in Ontario today

11 May, 2018, 05:10 | Author: Shawn Conner
  • Emergency Alert Test Takes Place Monday

Emergency management officials from federal, provincial and territorial governments have long delivered emergency alerts to the public in partnership with Canadian broadcasters, led by The Weather Network owner Pelmorex Corp.

"It's not something you get a choice on, it's not something that you get if your phone is turned off, it's all devices that are on and enabled at the time of the alert and are in an LTE area", said Tom Sampson, chief of the Calgary emergency management agency.

For the most part Canada mobile phones, tablets and other devices will receive a test alert on Wednesday, may 9th.

The test aims to familiarize the public with receiving mobile messages for emergencies like amber alerts or tornado warnings.

Consumers can not opt out of receiving public alerts on their wireless devices for public safety reasons. "That's why they were running tests - to see if something went wrong".

Devices may also play an eight-second audio tone, depending on volume settings.

The alert system is created to notify the public of imminent disaster or emergency such as a tornado warning, a biological threat of some kind, or the spill of hazardous materials. Similar to the system that caused panic in Hawaii at the beginning of the year when a message about an impending missile strike was mistakenly sent to cell phones.

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"But in Canada everything is in order with the precaution" to prevent the proliferation of false signals to mobile devices, said the press-Secretary of the CRTC Patricia Valladao.

In Canada, warnings about emergencies are not text or SMS messages, and distributed using the so-called technology of cell broadcast.

This morning the tests for Quebec were scheduled for 9:55 AM.

The test is scheduled for 1:55 p.m.

Northwest Territories 1:55 p.m.

Newfoundland and Labrador 1:55 p.m.

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