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Canada's public emergency alert system tests failed in Ontario and Quebec

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Yasmin Aboelsaud May 08, 2018 6:42 am 4,131

The new National Public Alerting System, publicly branded as Alert Ready, was all set to go off in Eastern Canada on Monday to kick off its testing week, but things didn’t go as planned.

According to Alert Ready, wireless providers were going to send a test alert to every mobile device connected to an LTE network in Ontario and Quebec on Monday, May 7. And while it did send to a few, many didn’t receive the alert.

“We are aware of the technical issues related to the public alerting testing planned today by Alert Ready in Quebec and in Ontario,” said the CRTC. “These tests are conducted to ensure that the alerting system is functional.”

The CRTC continued to say that “the officials responsible for these tests at Emergency management organizations and at Pelmorex are looking into it and we are continuing to monitor the situation.”

For those who did receive the alert in Ontario, it looked similar to this.

And at the time, while many complained they did not get any alerts on their wireless devices, phone companies let their customers know they are aware of the glitch.

The Alert Ready system was developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment and Climate Change Canada, The Weather Network and the broadcasting industry and wireless service providers, to rapidly warn the public of imminent or unfolding hazards to life.

Examples of the types of alerts that are issued through the Alert Ready system include natural disasters like tornados and earthquakes or a civil emergency like Amber Alerts.

The system is still scheduled for the rest of the country this week, with tests planned for BC and AB on Wednesday afternoon.

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Yasmin Aboelsaud
Toronto City Editor, fueled by coffee, travel & Drake.

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