Canada’s Nationwide Emergency Alert Test Set for Nov. 27
Monday, November 25, 2019 | Comments

On Nov. 27, all provincial and territorial emergency management organizations in Canada, except for Nunavut, will conduct public alerting tests. Test alerts will be distributed on TV, radio and compatible mobile devices connected to a Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network in all provinces and territories, except for Nunavut.

Ongoing testing of the national public alerting system provides an opportunity for stakeholders to validate and improve the system's performance and reliability to ensure it operates as intended in the event of a life-threatening situation. The messages will be identified as test alerts and will not require Canadians to take action.

For a wireless device to receive a test alert, it must be connected to an LTE network when the test alert is issued and be wireless public alerting compatible and equipped with the latest version of its operating software. All devices sold by wireless service providers after April 6 must be compatible with wireless public alerting. If a mobile device meets these conditions and did not receive the test, Canadians should contact their wireless service provider.

Since January 2019, more than 125 emergency alert messages have been successfully transmitted by emergency management officials to warn Canadians of a potentially life-threatening situation. Emergency alerts have been credited with saving lives.

The Canadian national alerting system involves various stakeholders. Public Safety Canada is the lead federal department responsible for emergency management and coordinates the development of policies for public alerting with federal, provincial and territorial stakeholders. Emergency alert messages are issued by federal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as designated emergency management officials to warn the public of imminent threats.

Provincial officials are responsible for issuing scheduled test messages. Pelmorex operates the National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination (NAAD), which disseminates alerts to broadcasters and wireless services providers.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regulates the broadcasting and telecommunications service providers that distribute emergency alerts to the public. Radio, television and television service providers broadcast the messages. Wireless service providers deliver alerts to wireless cellular devices.

"Not all provinces and territories have had the need to issue an actual alert,” said Martin Belanger, director of public alerting at Pelmorex. “Test alerts educate Canadians on what an emergency alert will look and sound like in the event of a life-threatening situation, across television, radio and compatible wireless devices.”

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On 11/27/19, Karen said:
When is the emergency alert system going to stop? My phone has been vibrating all day.

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