After problems with the first test in May, your mobile device should be blaring Wednesday afternoon for the second Alert Ready system test.
The Alert Ready test is set for 1:55 p.m. local time with a loud alert sounding from compatible mobile devices, TVs and radios in all provinces except for Quebec, where the alert will sound an hour later.
— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) November 28, 2018
The expansion of the alerting system to include cellular devices was launched in B.C. on April 6, with the first test done on May 9.
But in the first test nationwide, only 60 per cent of wireless users in Manitoba got an alert and there was no sound at all in Quebec.
Emergency Management BC says you will receive on wireless devices with a message that reads, “This is a TEST of the British Columbia Emergency Alerting System, issued by Emergency Management British Columbia. This is ONLY a TEST. If this had been an actual emergency or threat, you would now hear instructions that would assist you to protect you and your family. For further information go to www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca. This is ONLY a TEST, no action is required.”
Test alerts are supposed to appear on updated and compatible mobile devices connected to an LTE wireless network
Emergency Management BC issues emergency notifications on the Alert Ready system, which will use wireless alerts for tsunami threats only.
There are plans to expand to other emergencies or hazards in the future.
You can go to the Alert Ready system website to find out if a wireless device is compatible.