Your Cell Phone or Tablet could be giving you an Alert for the first time Tomorrow. At 1:55 pm Monday, May 7th, the first public test of the new Alert Ready system will be performed in Ontario and Quebec with the other Provinces and Territories being tested on Wednesday, May 9th.
This system looks to expand the emergency broadcast system from just Radio/Television onto smart devices which have become common day use items. The test is to avoid incidents such as the false alarm in Hawaii back in January and to work out any bugs before the system goes live.
The test will only affect your device if it is not set to silent mode or powered off, and it will only work if your device is compatible with the system. To find out if your device is compatible or to get any other information on the Alert Ready system you can go to https://www.alertready.ca/
If your device is compatible and powered on you may be required to acknowledge receipt of the emergency alert in order to allow for your wireless device to resume normal functioning. In the event that you cannot acknowledge the alert, the alert sound and vibration will continue for 8 seconds.
These emergency alert messages are issued by federal, provincial and territorial governments and emergency management officials to warn the public of imminent threats, such as fires, tornadoes, floods, water contamination and Amber Alerts. They are meant to help spread vital information quickly and are there for not optional and there is no opt-out.