More people received emergency alert during second test in B.C., officials say


WATCH: Officials say more people got notified during B.C.’s second test of Alert Ready.

Officials say more people got notified during B.C.’s second test of the Alert Ready system.

The test took place at 1:55 p.m. on Wednesday.

Signals were sent to compatible smartphones as well as radio and television stations.

“My understanding is that we’ve reached more audience than we did on the first test,” said Emergency Management B.C. Executive Director Chris Duffy.

“So we had more people in the May test that said they didn’t receive the alert.”

In CHEK-TV’s broadcast area, standard definition channels received the signal, but high definition channels went black for the duration of the test.

This was the second nationwide test since May.

Last time, no one in Quebec got the alert because of a coding error and some received the alert late in Newfoundland in Labrador.

Many in B.C. also didn’t receive the notification.

Officials say they will look over the data and see where improvements can be made.

“That’s all part of the process,” Duffy said.

“Keep testing and evolving the technology. Keep looking to other emergent technologies. It’s not about one simple device that’s going to fit everything. It’s about a suite of tools and looking at emergent technologies to provide the best reach and penetration that we can to keep citizens safe.”

Officials say devices must be powered on and have a wireless signal to receive alerts.

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