Did you get it? Alert Ready texts sent to cell phones across Canada

Did you get it? Alert Ready texts sent to cell phones across Canada
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The Alert Ready text sent Wednesday, May 4, 2022 is shown.

People across Canada received alerts on their mobile phones Wednesday as governments tested out an automated emergency alert system.

British Columbians received the Alert Ready texts at 1:55 p.m. accompanied by a loud warning tone.

The system is used across the country to broadcast warnings on radio and television stations, as well as compatible wireless devices.

To receive alerts, mobile phones must be turned on, be connected to a cellular network and have updated software.

The message sent indicates no action from the public is required.

Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Nova Scotia did not participate in the test.

Alert Ready was used last year to deliver 173 warnings across Canada for wildfires, tornadoes, flash floods, Amber Alerts, civil emergencies, police emergencies and drinking water warnings.

On Nov. 25, B.C. used the emergency alert system for the first time to notify residents in Vanderhoof of an active shooter situation.

In March 2022, B.C. deployed the system province-wide when an Amber Alert was issued after three children and their mother were believed to be forcibly taken from their home.

Here is a list of local times the alert were sent out:

Alberta — 1:55 p.m.

British Columbia — 1:55 p.m.

New Brunswick — 10:55 a.m.

Newfoundland and Labrador — 10:55 a.m.

Northwest Territories — 9:55 a.m.

Nunavut — 2 p.m.

Prince Edward Island — 12:55 p.m.

Saskatchewan — 1:55 p.m.

Yukon — 1:55 p.m.

READ MORE: Province expanding emergency alert system to include floods, wildfires ahead of upcoming test

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 4, 2022.

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