Emergency alert system test of cell phones had mixed success

Emergency Alert Test Takes Place Monday

Canadians to receive mobile emergency alert test this week: Here's what to know

The CRTC continued to say that "the officials responsible for these tests at Emergency management organizations and at Pelmorex are looking into it and we are continuing to monitor the situation". These test alerts will also be distributed on television and radio in those provinces. Well, the tests themselves weren't exactly ideal, as they failed in Quebec and were a mixed bag in Ontario yesterday.

So, remember when wireless public alerts were supposed to save the day in the case of an emergency? "That's why they were running tests - to see if something went wrong".

Depending on the settings, users with compatible devices connected to LTE networks, you'll hear a sound similar to a signal of an ambulance, or will feel the vibration for eight seconds.

The tests are being conducted after the CRTC ordered wireless providers to implement the system to warn of imminent safety concerns such as tornadoes, floods, Amber Alerts or terror threats.

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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.

"But in Canada everything is in order with the precaution" to prevent the proliferation of false signals to mobile devices, said the press-Secretary of the CRTC Patricia Valladao.

Unlike wireless emergency alerts issued in the U.S., Canada's system requires a specific vibration cadence, alert tone and banner to notify users of an emergency.

There is no charge for the alert, as it is not an SMS and does not use data like a text message.

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As for the wireless alerts test in Ontario, Alert Ready said "We understand that some wireless users did not receive the test alert".

Here are the scheduled times for tests scheduled for Wednesday outside Ontario and Quebec.

Quebec: 9:55 a.m.

Nova Scotia 1:55 p.m.

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