On November 16th, 2022, a public test message will be distributed through Alert Ready, Canada’s Public Alerting System, in most provinces or territories over television, radio, and compatible wireless devices.
WHY IS THERE A TEST OF THE ALERT READY SYSTEM?
Regular testing provides public safety officials with an opportunity to validate and improve the effectiveness and reliability of Alert Ready. Tests ensure that the Alert Ready system operates as intended during an imminent life-threatening situation such as an AMBER Alert, a tornado, or a wildfire.
Testing also provides the opportunity to increase public awareness about the Alert Ready system, how it works and what an emergency alert looks and sounds like. It also provides an opportunity to spark emergency preparedness conversations, so that Canadians can be ready and prepared in the event of an actual emergency.
The following schedule outlines when you can expect a test alert in your region:
No sign-up is required, and those with compatible devices will automatically receive the test. You can check with your wireless carrier to see if your phone is compatible to receive alerts or via the Alert Ready website here.
WHAT WILL THE TEST SOUND/LOOK LIKE?
The sound will simulate an emergency alert, beginning with this distinct tone. In addition, radio and television broadcasters may use an audio version of the test alert message generated through a text-to-speech (TTS) software. The TTS functionality on wireless is managed by the device manufacturer and may be read to the recipient if the device supports this feature.
The message will indicate that it is a test and does not require action from the public.
CAN I OPT OUT?
Given the importance of warning Canadians of an imminent threat to the safety of life or property, Canadians do not have an option to opt out of the test or actual emergency alerts distributed through Alert Ready.
WILL I RECEIVE MORE THAN ONE TEST ALERT?
For those provinces and territories that are participating in the test, only one alert will be issued. If you are receiving repeated alerts for the same message, your wireless device likely has a reminder feature set, causing the alert to repeat until you acknowledge it. Your wireless service provider can assist if this happens to you.
The Weather Network also distributes Alert Ready public alerts on all platforms as part of our mission to keep Canadians safe. If you are watching us on TV or using our app, you will receive the test alert from us too.
WHO ISSUES ALERTS VIA ALERT READY?
Provincial, territorial, and federal public safety authorities are responsible for issuing alerts; however, there is a multi-step process in delivering these alerts to the Canadian public. Each stakeholder plays a unique and vital role in Alert Ready.
HOW THE WEATHER NETWORK PLAYS A PART
Pelmorex Corp., the parent company of The Weather Network, receives alerts from authorized alert issuers — which consists of provincial, territorial, and federal authorities — and makes those alerts available to alert distributors, including television, radio, satellite, cable, and wireless service providers.
The Weather Network is committed to keeping you safe and also distributes Alert Ready public alerts on all of its platforms. If you are watching us on TV or using our app, you will receive the test alert from us too.