OTTAWA — Wireless units, radio and TV stations will concern emergency messages as we speak, however there is not something to be alarmed about.

The squawky alerts from provincial and territorial emergency administration methods throughout the nation — besides in Nunavut — will be transmitted to check the nationwide public alert system.

The alerts are designed to warn of imminent threats or emergencies, similar to floods, tornadoes, fires or Amber Alerts.

Depending on the place you reside, the checks will be performed mid-morning or early afternoon.

The emergency alerts have turn out to be a well-known sound because the nationwide public alert system was first tested in early 2018, revealing glitches in a number of provinces.

Since January, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says 125 emergency messages have been issued, warning Canadians of doubtless life-threatening conditions.

The CRTC mentioned the emergency alerts have been credited with saving lives.

Some alert recipients, nevertheless, have thought-about them an annoyance, sparking complaints on social media — and even to 911 operators — that the emergency warnings got here too late at night time or have been focusing on the flawed geographic space.

The complaints have prompted usually heated debates about their necessity in serving to to discover lacking kids or to warn of emergencies.

Pelmorex Corp., which operates the system’s technical infrastructure, says the checks are essential to make sure the system is working correctly and to educate Canadians on what the warning alerts look and sound like.

To obtain alerts, appropriate wi-fi units should be geared up with the most recent working software program. They should additionally be related to an LTE community when the alert is issued.

All wi-fi units bought by service suppliers after April 6, 2019 are required to be able to issuing the general public alerts.

Canadians with appropriate units who do not obtain the check are being requested to contact their wi-fi service supplier.

Here is when the check alerts are scheduled to be transmitted:

  • Alberta 1:55 p.m. MST
  • British-Colombia 1:55 p.m. PST
  • Manitoba 1:55 p.m. CST
  • New-Brunswick 10:55 a.m. AST
  • Newfoundland and Labrador 10:55 a.m. NST
  • Northwest Territories 9:55 a.m. MST
  • Nova Scotia 1:55 p.m. AST
  • Nunavut — No check
  • Ontario 2:55 p.m. EST
  • Prince Edward Island 12:55 p.m. AST
  • Quebec 1:55 p.m. EST
  • Saskatchewan 1:55 p.m. CST
  • Yukon 1:55 p.m. PST

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Nov. 27, 2019.

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