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Emergency Test Alert to Hit Cellphones on Nov. 17: Here’s When It Will Happen

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Canada’s next Alert Ready emergency alert system test will hit TV, radio and cellphones on November 17, 2021.

For those with cellphones connected to LTE wireless networks, you’ll receive the alert if your device is not set to silent or turned off. The sound is freakishly loud. It’s not possible to disable emergency test alerts on cellphones, but you can try these workarounds. Shift workers, be warned.

The local times of the next Alert Ready test can be found below:

  • Yukon 1:55 PM (MST)
  • Northwest Territories 9:55 AM (MST)
  • Alberta 1:55 PM (MST)
  • British Columbia 1:55 PM (PST)
  • Saskatchewan 1:55 PM (CST)
  • Manitoba 1:55 PM (CST)
  • Newfoundland & Labrador 10:55 AM (NST)
  • Nova Scotia 1:55 PM (AST)
  • Prince Edward Island 12:55 PM (AST)
  • New-Brunswick 10:55 AM (AST)
  • Nunavut 2:00 PM (EST)
  • Ontario 12:55 PM (EST)
  • Quebec 1:55 PM (EST)

The wireless Alert Ready system is managed by Pelmorex, the parent company of The Weather Network.

Update Nov. 17, 2021: The test won’t happen in B.C. due to flooding in the province.

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