Residents’ cellphones will see an emergency alert today, but the public shouldn’t be worried. Emergency management officials will be testing a new national public alert system for phones with LTE service. Alert Ready, which residents will recognize from television and radio alerts, will be sent to mobile phones.
Test signals will be sent to cellphones this afternoon, tablets and other devices will receive the signal tomorrow. Users with 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.
The tests are being conducted after the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ordered wireless providers to implement the system to distribute warnings of imminent safety threats such as tornadoes, floods, Amber Alerts or terrorist threats.