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.
REMINDER: TODAY at 1:55pm, #Ontario will be testing #emergency alerts on compatible mobile devices, TV and radio using the #AlertReady system. This is a test only. Check your phone's compatibility: https://t.co/RHAwoLFEfC
#ONready #EPWeek2018 pic.twitter.com/A9pAgLVa1y
— Ontario Warnings (@OntarioWarnings) May 7, 2018
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.
? PUBLIC ALERTING TESTS on compatible LTE-connected #wireless devices, television and radio.
— CRTCeng (@CRTCeng) May 3, 2018
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