Another mobile emergency alert test is coming, but is your phone ready?

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Another test of the wireless alerts system will be taking place next week, according to the provincial government.

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 1:55 p.m., wireless alerts will again be tested in British Columbia as part of a countrywide emergency test.

“Last spring, we launched wireless alerting in B.C. to broaden our reach and ensure more people have access to critical and possibly life-saving information in the event of an emergency or disaster,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Emergency Preparedness, in a news release.

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“Regular testing of emergency systems is an important part of ensuring this province is ready in the event of an emergency by identifying any gaps and making certain processes are working correctly. [This new] test will do just that, allowing people to ensure their devices are compatible and also raising awareness about the importance of emergency preparedness.

To make sure you are able to receive the emergency alert, people are being asked to:

  • go to alertready.ca and ensure your device is wireless public-alerting compatible;
  • make sure you are connected to an LTE (or 4G) cellular network at the time the emergency alert is issued; and
  • update your device with the latest cellular software.