National public alert test coming next week

Your smart phone is going to be making a new noise next week.

As part of Emergency Preparedness Week (May 6 -12), wireless and broadcasting service providers will be conducting a nationwide public alerting test. Along with the usual alerts broadcast on radio and television, the alerts will be sent directly to compatible mobile devices connected to an LTE (long-term evolution) network.

Since April 6, 2018, all wireless service providers must distribute public emergency alert messages on their LTE networks.

In Quebec there alert will be broadcast on May 7, at 9:55 A.M.

The alert messages will be identified as tests, with a unique tone and vibration cadence, and will not require any additional steps.

According to the Ministry of Public Security the alerts will be broadcast in French, but a procedure aimed at also broadcasting them in English is in development.

Quick facts:

  • Test alerts are conducted to ensure that the alerting system is functional, and to create awareness of national public alerting system among Canadians.
  • Emergency alert messages are issued by federal, provincial and territorial governments and emergency management officials to warn the public of imminent threats, such as fires, tornadoes, floods, water contamination and Amber Alerts.
  • Public Safety Canada is the lead department responsible for emergency management and coordinates the development of policies for public alerting with federal, provincial and territorial stakeholders.