On November 28, 2018 Alert Ready will be testing its emergency system. Wireless Public Alerting (WPA) capable devices may receive a test emergency alert from the Alert Ready service. This test is sent by provincial emergency management officials via wireless carriers’ networks including Eastlink. The test will occur at 2:55pm in Quebec and 1:55pm local time for the rest of Canada.
If you want to see whether your device supports public alerting, see the list of compatible devices below.
What is Wireless Public Alerting/Alert Ready?
Alert Ready is a service designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving emergency alert messages to Canadians over cellular networks.
The Alert Ready system was developed in partnership with federal, provincial, and territorial emergency management officials, Pelmorex Corp., the broadcast industry, and wireless service providers to ensure you receive emergency alerts immediately and know when to take action to keep you and your family safe.
Similar to alerts that appear on TV, emergency alerts for wireless devices are issued to a specific, targeted geographic area, which can be as small as a few city blocks and as big as province wide so that only people in the affected area(s) receive the emergency alerts. These areas are determined by the alerting authorities. Compatible cellular devices should receive the emergency alert(s) within seconds of alert issuance.
- There are many factors that will determine whether your device will receive an emergency including the following:
- You have a WPA-compatible device (see list below)
- Your compatible device is running the latest software version.
- Your compatible device is connected to the LTE network.
- You cannot opt out of receiving threat-to-life emergency alerts.
- Alerts are issued by Federal, provincial, and territorial governments that determine when an emergency alert will be issued, and to what area(s).
What do the Wireless Public Alerts look like?
- Emergency alerts begin with a distinct sound, known as the Canadian Alerting Attention Signal, which is followed by emergency alert details
- The sound will generally play at the volume to which your device is set and, depending on your device, can override all of your settings.
- Most devices have multiple setting controls for different features such as ringtone, media, notifications, and system.
WPA Compatible Devices:
All WPA compatible devices require the latest software. Please check back regularly to see if your device is WPA compatible. If your device is not listed below, you will not receive Wireless Public Alerts.