Canada's Emergency Alert System Fails First Quebec Test

Canada's Emergency Alert System Fails First Quebec Test

Canada's Emergency Alert System Fails First Quebec Test

These are indeed tests, so it's a good thing we're trying to figure things out here, before the need to use them in a real emergency.

The rest of the country will test the system on Wednesday.

"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.

"The alerts are actually coming from the emergency management in the region and then it goes to Pelmorex", Valladao said.

Pelmorex did not respond to questions by deadline about what went wrong in Ontario.

Depending on settings, users with compatible devices connected to an LTE network can expect to hear a tone similar to an ambulance siren or feel a vibration for eight seconds.

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.

The new system is similar in nature to one that caused chaos in Hawaii four months ago, when an official accidentally told everyone a missile was about to strike.

Test signals were meant to be sent to mobile users across Canada.


Unlike emergency alerts used in the United States, the canadian system requires a specific rate of vibration, a warning signal and banner to notify users about an emergency.

The alert messages are distributed by cell broadcast technology and can not be tracked.

To confirm whether a mobile device is set up to receive Alert Ready messages, mobile subscribers are encouraged to contact their service providers.

This morning the tests for Quebec were scheduled for 9:55 AM.

- Yukon 1:30 p.m.

It will be happening at 1:55 p.m. when school is in session.

- British Columbia 1:55 p.m.

Newfoundland and Labrador 1:55 p.m.

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