British Columbians can anticipate their cellphones to sound an alarm Wednesday afternoon because the province checks its emergency alert system.
On Nov. 25, a check of B.C.’s wi-fi alerting system shall be carried out as a part of the nationwide Alert Prepared system to enhance public security within the occasion of an emergency.
The scheduled alert shall be despatched to all appropriate cellphones and shall be broadcast on radio and tv stations at 1:55 p.m. PT.
The emergency alert system is examined twice a yr to evaluate whether or not it is prepared for an precise emergency. A scheduled check in Could 2020 was cancelled throughout Canada because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To obtain alerts, cell phones have to be related to a mobile community, be alert appropriate, be throughout the alert space and have up-to-date mobile software program. Alerts shall be broadcast routinely without charge to the person.
The Alert Prepared system was launched in B.C. in April 2018, and it is meant to quickly warn the general public of any “imminent or unfolding hazards to life.”
Residents who expertise any points can take part in a brief on-line survey following the check.
The alert program is a collaborative initiative between the federal, provincial and territorial governments.
To seek out out in case your wi-fi system is appropriate with the Alert Prepared system or for extra details about the system, go to: www.alertready.ca.