Emergency Alert test next week to include cell phones

Nova Scotians may receive an emergency alert test on their cell phones next week from the Alert Ready service.

The test, as part of Emergency Preparedness Week, will take place at 1:55 p.m. next Wednesday.

The system allows emergency management officials to send out public alerts, with participants in the program including private and public broadcasters, cell phone service providers, and government organizations.

The Emergency Management Office (EMO) sends test alerts several times a year on TV and radio, and cell phones will now be part of the alert.

Cell phone users may receive a test message regarding the emergency alert test. (Staff)

Cell phone users may receive a test message regarding the emergency alert test. (Staff)

EMO says if a cell phone is switched off or on silent mode, there will be no sound but a message will be displayed and the phone may vibrate if it is in silent mode.