Canada’s Alert Ready system will be conducting public alerting tests across wireless devices, radio and television on November 28, 2018. The tests will be done by provincial emergency management organizations, according to the CRTC.
Here’s when these test alerts will be conducted in respective time zones:
All province and territories (with the exception of Quebec):
- November 28, 2018 1:55 pm
- November 28, 2018 2:55 pm
Wireless devices connected to LTE networks and compatible with public alerting (such as Apple’s iPhones) will receive the test.
According to the CRTC, since wireless alerts launched back in April of this year, “close to 100 alerts and updates have been successfully delivered to warn Canadians of imminent threats.” These alerts are mandatory and cannot be disabled.
The Commission says it set a target to see 50% of new devices sold in Canada to be compatible with wireless alerts in April 2018, and 100% as of April 2019.
Wireless alerts in Canada are operated by Pelmorex—the parent company of The Weather Network—which “operates the National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination (NAAD) System, which disseminates alerts to broadcasters and wireless services providers,” explains the CRTC.
These wireless alerts have been relatively successful for the most part, aside from people not receiving them all or, getting delayed alerts (oh, and the fact they can scare the crap out of you).