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What to do when you receive an emergency alert

Thanks to previous tests and a few real emergencies, most of us are familiar with Canada’s public alerting system – known as Alert Ready. But you may not know what these alerts mean or what to do when you receive one.

Alert Ready delivers critical and potentially life-saving alerts through television, radio and LTE-connected and compatible wireless devices. Only authorized government agencies can issue alerts.

Together, government officials developed a specific list of the types of situations that pose a threat to life and property, for which alerts should be distributed immediately. These emergency alerts have the highest level of severity, urgency and certainty such as tornado warnings, wildfires or Amber Alerts.

Public tests of the Alert Ready System are anticipated to happen twice a year. The first takes place during Emergency Preparedness Week in May and the second in November.

It’s important to know that not all Canadians will receive the alert on their phone for a variety of reasons:

The phone is turned off, in silent or airplane mode;

The phone is not physically in the specific area targeted for the alert;

The phone is not compatible or connected to an LTE network;

There is no cell tower coverage; or

Device software and settings are not optimally set-up to receive alerts.

If you receive an emergency alert, it’s important to take action safely. Stop what you’re doing when it is safe to do so and read the alert. The message will tell you the information you need and guidance for any action you are required to take. This could include limiting unnecessary travel, evacuating the area and seeking shelter.

You can check out the Alert Ready website for more information on test dates and times for your province or territory, your device’s compatibility, and for steps you can take to make sure you receive the alert if your phone is compatible.

More info at alertready.ca.                                       

– News Canada

Posted: Jun 5, 2019

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