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Alert Ready test planned for Wednesday

By: Staff Writer

Posted: 11/27/2018 12:00 PM

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On Wednesday, at 1:55 p.m., Manitoba Infrastructure’s Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) will be sending an emergency alert test message through Alert Ready, Canada’s emergency alerting system.

The system was first tested this year in May.

An emergency alert test message will be distributed on cable and satellite TV, radio, web feeds and compatible wireless devices.

Many cell phone users reported not receiving the emergency alert when the system was tested in May. A release from the province indicated that will still be the case during tomorrow's test due to a variety of reasons including device compatibility, connection to a long-term evolution (LTE) network, cell tower coverage and individual device software and settings.

Fifty percent of all new devices available for sale in Canada must be compatible with Alert Ready. That requirement will increase to 100 percent by April 2019.

Manitobans are encouraged to provide feedback following the the test. A brief survey will be available at www.gov.mb.ca/emo/.

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