Test of alert system works for many but not all

Wireless devices will be included in emergency alert test today

Emergency Alert from the City; don't worry it's just a test

"This is a test of the British Columbia Emergency Alerting System, issued by Emergency Management British Columbia".

RED DEER- Residents can expect to receive text, email and phone call alerts on Friday as The City runs a test of their emergency notification system, Notify Red Deer.

McKay says anyone who did not receive an alert should contact their cellular provider.

While the alert message was successfully received by many, some people reported they did not get it.

Schuler said no glitches occurred on the province's side of the technology.

"Alberta is not alone in these issues".

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

This follows further bugs with Alert Ready's initial test earlier this week in Ontario and Quebec. It went to phones with an LTE connection.

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The Alberta Emergency Management Agency also emphasized the importance of this testing before an actual emergency.

The province plans to rollout the system to include other emergency situations like fires, flooding, earthquakes, chemical spills, terrorist threats, amber alerts, among others, but a timeline is unclear.

Currently, in accordance with a 2014 CRTC decision, all radio and television broadcasters in Canada are mandated to broadcast public alerts. The company that operates the system in Atlantic Canada said wireless carriers confirmed messages were distributed across their networks.

Nova Scotian cell phones are expected to beep and buzz at 1:55 p.m Wednesday as a test of the Alert Ready system is sent out.

She says depending on the type of alert, this could mean leaving the area or staying in your home. "A few phones didn't go off, but other than that it went fairly well".

Test signals did sound on radio and TV stations Wednesday in provinces and territories outside of Ontario and Quebec, except Nunavut.

The alert system was built following an order from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to wireless providers to implement warnings concerning public safety.

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