That annoying sound on your cellphone, can save your life
Provinces throughout Canada have been testing the emergency measures broadcasting alert systems to ensure its readiness to deliver crucial information in a time of an emergency. These systems are put in place to warn citizens of a major crisis or pandemic updates.
Manitoba Infrastructure’s Emergency Measures Organization will be reminding Manitobans that a test alert will be issued across the province through the Alert Ready National Public Alerting System on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 1:55 p.m.
Alert Ready disseminates emergency alerts to television and radio broadcast distributors, to compatible wireless devices connected to LTE cellular networks through wireless public alerting and to other last mile distributors including internet services.
Some Manitobans may not receive the test alert on their wireless device for a variety of reasons including device compatibility, availability of an LTE network, cell tower coverage and individual device software and settings.
The last time a test of this nature was done, many Manitobans were outraged because they felt it interrupted their daily routine. The other of half of the coin, were happy to know a system is in place to warn Manitobans of critical information in the event of an emergency.