Residents can expect their radios, televisions, and mobile devices' to send out an Alert Ready emergency notice today. Thankfully, it’s just another test of the system. The test can be expected at 12:55 p.m. today.
Alert Ready is an alert system mandated by the federal government to inform residents of any imminent safety threats, such as tornadoes, floods, Amber Alerts or terrorist threats.
“Alert Ready delivers critical and potentially-life saving alerts to Canadians,” said Detachment Commander of the Kenora OPP, Jeff Duggan. “Natural disasters, environmental issues, terrorist activity, bio-hazardous issues, and any type of emergency service disruptions."
Compatible devices connected to an LTE network will hear an ambulance alarm tone or feel a vibration for eight seconds. The signal will be heard if you’re mid-phone call as well. There is no charge for the alert, and it will not use any data.
Residents will have to make sure that they have up-to-date software to receive the alert. There is now way to opt-out of the alert system.
“It’s vital. When the public does get the alert, it’s their responsibility to read the alert, find out what’s going on, and take appropriate action.”
The system was tested in May earlier this year, but carriers across the country saw issues with the delivery of the alert.
The Alert Ready system has been available and active on television and radio broadcasts since 2015. More than 100 alerts have been sent since April.