Emergency Alert System Text Happening Monday in Ontario

Testing begins at 1:55 pm today

When you get an emergency text today, don’t be alarmed — it’s just a drill.

Alert Ready and The CRTC will be testing their alert systems today, Monday May 7th at 1:55 p.m.. In addition to TV and Radio, the warning will be sending life-threatening emergency alerts alerts to all compatible mobile devices.

According to Canadian Press, phone users connected to LTE will hear a tone “similar to an ambulance alarm or feel a vibration for eight seconds.” However, phones that are shut off won’t be alerted.

The messages are testing a system to warn Canadians in situations of imminent danger including floods, tornadoes, Amber Alerts or terrorist threats.

This alert is part of a nationwide procedure to test Canada’s warning systems. Emergency texts will be rolling out today throughout the country and different times. For other proves, check the schedule below.

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