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Emergency alert system to be tested in Nova Scotia Wednesday

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A natural disaster like a flash flood would prompt an emergency 5:30am A natural disaster like a flash flood would prompt an emergency
Leonard Rios | 10 May, 2018, 00:44

It was the first time the Alert Ready system, created to communicate with people in the event of an emergency, was being tested on wireless devices in Manitoba.

The public alert system was tested in Ontario and Quebec on Monday and experienced what were described as "serious glitches".

"Today, we're testing the new wireless alerting system for the first time as part of our commitment to improving our emergency management system in the province", said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness.

If you have a publicly registered residential or business phone you should get an emergency alert from the City today, but don't call 9-1-1, it's just a test.

Not all wireless devices are compatible with the system, and each cellular carrier lists compatible devices online.

While B.C. saw its fair share of emergencies previous year, including a record-breaking wildfire season and widespread flooding, the alert system will only be initially used in B.C.to warn of incoming tsunamis.

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The new technology was launched through the national Alert Ready program in B.C. on April 6.

There is no sign-up or opt-in required.

The system is meant to warn the public about safety threats, including floods, terrorist threats and Amber Alerts.

Schuler reminded Manitobans to be careful when they receive today's test alert. Emergency alerts will be automatically sent to compatible wireless devices. The province is considering expanding the use of Alert Ready beyond tsunamis to include other hazards and emergencies.

A device set to silent mode will display an emergency alert, but no tone will accompany it - usually.

"If you are driving, pull over, be safe and be prepared", the minister said.

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