"Since January 2019, hundreds of emergency alert messages were successfully transmitted by emergency management officials to warn Canadians of a potentially life-threatening situation," the CRTC said in its statement Tuesday. "These alerts have been credited with saving lives."
Canadians across the country can expect to have their Wednesday interrupted by an emergency public alert that will be broadcast on television and radio and sent to compatible mobile devices as part of a nationwide test of the system.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says all provinces and territories, except Nunavut, will get the alerts, but people will not be required to take action.
The alert will take place in Alberta at 1:55 p.m.
The agency says testing the national public alerting system is aimed at checking performance and reliability "to ensure it operates as intended in the event of a life-threatening situation."
For a wireless device to receive a test alert, the CRTC says it must be connected to an LTE wireless or a newer wireless network, it must be wireless public alerting compatible and equipped with a recent Canadian version of its operating software.
If a mobile device meets these conditions and does not receive the test, the CRTC encourages Canadians to contact their service provider.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney also warned Albertans that another COVID-19 related Alert will go out sometime this week.
🔊 Emergency Alert Tests 🔊— CRTCeng (@CRTCeng) November 24, 2020
Public alert testing will take place in Canada (except Nunavut) on November 25 on television, radio and compatible mobile devices. Learn about these #EmergencyAlert messages and what to do when you receive one: https://t.co/d9vCcKPZ3Q pic.twitter.com/e7dLRx1kA7